Molestation of rowing athlete: probe ordered

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ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
14 Mar 2017

Four days after allegations of molestation of a female member of the Islands rowing team became public, the Directorate of Sports has launched an inquiry against the accused manager, who accompanied the team for a national event at mainland recently. Speaking to this correspondent, the Director of Sports, Mr AK Trivedi said that the department has not yet received a copy of the written complaint from the victim, but an investigation had already been launched into the episode. “The accused, if allegations are substantiated, will not be spared and tough action as per rules will be taken. A lady official was also deputed with the team for the safety of the female athletes; but still if such misdeed has occurred, the culprit should be prepared to face strict action. Meanwhile, the accused has been suspended from being part of any such tours till the outcome of the investigation,” added the Sports Director.
A female rowing athlete of the Sports Authority of India here recently alleged that she was molested by the manager (a staff of the Department of Sports) during the team’s tour to mainland for a national event. The accused, in an inebriated state, summoned the girl to his room where he allegedly tried to outrage her modesty. After returning to Port Blair, the victim made a written complaint to the Directorate of Sports, Andaman and Nicobar Administration, according to sources.