Odisha Olympian Dutee Chand Files Defamation & Criminal Cases Against Web Portal Journalist

Bhubaneswar: Olympian Dutee Chand, an ace sprinter from Odisha, has moved court against a web portal journalist and an RTI activist, levelling charges of criminal intimidation, publishing obscene content and insulting modesty of woman.

She has filed a Rs 5 crore defamation case as well as criminal cases against web portal journalist Sudhansu Sekhar Rout and RTI activist Pradip Pradhan.

Seeking justice, an emotional Dutee said at a press meet in Bhubaneswar on Thursday that she may quit Odisha if she didn’t get justice.

Recalling that she had struggled a lot since childhood to become an Olympian, Dutee revealed how her tormentors distracted her.

When she was preparing for the 200m event at the Tokyo Olympics, two people ran a malicious campaign against her including posts in social media.

Dutee participated in both 100m and 200m women’s sprints at Tokyo, but was eliminated in early rounds.

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