When Odisha’s Sprint Queen Dutee Chand Faced Ragging

Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s sprint queen Dutee Chand has alleged that she was subjected to ragging by seniors when she used to stay at the Sports Hostel in Bhubaneswar during 2006-08.

A news portal quoted her as saying that “seniors used to force me to massage them and wash their clothes at the Sports Hostel”.

“Senior athletes also used to comment on the status and financial condition of my family,” she was further quoted as saying.

“When I used to complain to the hostel in-charge, I used to be scolded. It used to take a mental toll on me. I was helpless at that time,” the Olympian said.

Dutee’s remarks comes close on the heels of the death of a Plus III first-year student, Ruchika Mohanty, of BJB College in Bhubaneswar. Ruchika was found hanging inside her hostel room on Saturday. A purported note found by police pointed at harassment by three seniors to be the reason behind the 19-year-old’s extreme step.

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