5 instances of sexual harassment in Sports in India where late or no action was taken

A 15-year-old female athlete committed suicide following sexual harassment 
Sagnik Kundu
Modified 14 Dec 2016
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Instances of sexual harassment, especially when the subjects are women, is not uncommon in India. And in sports as well, the issue is one of the major concerns.

Only a couple of days back, a few senior female athletes were greeted by a message as they walked into the Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore. "This is to inform you that, please do masturbating before practice", the message read. The entire washroom was filled with such obscene messages, each of them counter-signed by the ‘sports authority’.

Women athletes are often subjected to sexual harassment – they are condemned for their choice of attire and objectified beyond imagination. And most of the times, these women are forced to accept the circumstances as the authorities turn a blind eye, which is worse.

Also read: The objectification of Indian women in professional sports – an issue that is going out of hand

Here, we celebrate the success of the PV Sindhus and the Sania Mirzas. And then these women, who bring glory to the country, have to face various forms of sexual harassment. On this note, we take a look at five such instances of sexual harassment in Sports in the country when no action was taken despite reporting.

#5 15-year-old female athlete commits suicide following sexual harassment (2015)

A young female athlete was, allegedly, sexually harassed by a few senior athletes in May 2015. The 15-year-old committed suicide after the incident and three others were hospitalised after consuming poisonous fruits in an apparent suicide pact.

The athletes were in training at the Sports Centre of Sports Authority (SAI) water sports centre at Vembanad Lake, Alappuzha, Kerala.

Following the incident, Injeti Srinivas, SAI’s director-general, stated that he would submit his report to the Sports Minister “in a day”. Meanwhile, the Sports Secretary of Kerala, K Shivashanker, was ordered by the state government to probe the incident. The police had registered a case of unnatural death but were investigating the incident.

However, there have been no further reports on the case and even the details have not been disclosed.

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Published 14 Dec 2016
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