Devout Warrior

Rahul is following his faith and devotion as a humanitarian to support the Emancipation of Women program, an initiative established by non-profit organisation Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS) leader, Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan, along with a group of compassionate professionals. The DSS was established over 60 years ago and is involved in 96 humanitarian efforts all around the world, including helping with Brisbane flood relief.


Director Ben Trowse of Surge Productions travels to Sirsa in northwest India where the DSS is based, to follow Rahul along with more than 1500 other men who have come forward as potential husbands. We see an insight into the DSS in the lead up to one of their most celebrated days; the birthday of DSS founder Beparawah Mastana Ji Maharaj.

This story explores Rahul's decision and his beliefs that drove him to make it. His friends and family also discuss their opinions of welcoming a former forced sex worker into their homes and lives. These Bhagat Yodha's or Devout Warriors, offer not only a ring and lifetime partnership to their brides, but a safe future, free from trauma, fear and mental, emotional and physical scars.

The documentary also discretely shows how forced female sex workers are located and convinced to give up their professions by teams working with the Emancipation of Women program. While revealing the reality of forced prostitution in rural India, Trowse shares the delicate process of rehabilitation of these prostitutes, some who choose to share their stories of their former lives, described as a "living hell."


The documentary is intended to allow the viewers to interpret their own message from the DSS and decide what value it has in today's world. It's also intended to make the audience ask themselves what it takes to not only save a life, but help a complete stranger from a future filled with 'unimaginable atrocity," undertaking what many wouldn't, marrying a former sex worker.

Production commenced in January 2013 with a hand-selected crew of 8 from Queensland. Trowse is sharing a "unique, untold, untapped, unexplored and unusual" story that has an aspect everyone can relate to, marriage.