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Sports Minister speaks up against attack on women's kabaddi coach Sunil Dabas

243   //    06 Oct 2017, 20:33 IST

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What's the story?

In yet another incident of atrocities against women in India, women's kabaddi coach Sunil Dabas was attacked by a man who allegedly tried to run her over. As the news of this attack came to light, sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was seen taking to Twitter to voice his disappointment over the incident.

His tweet gathered immense support and the minister was praised for taking his position seriously.

In case you didn't know...

A renowned name in the field of sports, Sunil Dabas is the coach of the Indian women's kabaddi team. She has led the team to six gold medals, including medals at the 2010 Asian Games as well as the 2012 World Cup.

The veteran sportswoman was awarded the Padma Shri in 2014 and also received the Dronacharya award in the same year.

The heart of the matter

The Padma Shri awardee registered a case on Thursday against a man who she claimed tried to run her down with a car. She said that had seen him breaking the gate of her locality and had objected, due to which he initiated the attack.

The incident took place on Wednesday when she objected to the demolition of the entry gate of her residential colony, Krishi Vigyan Kendra. In an interview with ANI, Dabas said that she saw a group of men standing with a dumper at the gate, trying to break it. She tried confronting them in a bid to stop the crime.


Instead of answering her questions, the miscreants tried to run her over. Claiming that she had to jump out of the way to save her life, Dabas said that three more vehicles arrived later with 10 more men.

The police reportedly responded late and arrived after 30 minutes of the incident taking place, after which they took her to the hospital. 20 to 30 men also misbehaved with her husband, according to reports.

What's next?

Though the sports minister has taken it upon himself to express his anger at the incident, it remains to be seen if immediate action is taken against the culprits.

Author's take

The attack on Sunil Dabas is another incident of injustice against women who choose to speak up against wrongdoings. However, we can hope that Rathore's influence as sports minister will ensure that appropriate action is taken against the miscreants.

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