Written by Staff Writer
24 Jun, 2015 | 5:11 pm
A national-level Kabaddi athlete in India’s northern Kanpur city alleged on Wednesday June 24 that she was beaten up by a group of men after she protested teasing by them.
Dolly Singh, who returned home for summer vacation from New Delhi, said a group of men broke into her family’s shop and vandalised it, before barging into her home. Singh said the assailants intended to kill her but she managed to escape somehow.
“When those men came to know that I am at home, around 10-12 of them broke into my house with their faces covered at around 6-6.30 PM (GMT 1230-1300) on June 15. Ujala and Gandhi started abusing me; they started vandalising my family’s shop and barged right into my house to beat me up.
They beat me very badly. My clothes were torn and I sustained injuries all over my body. If I had not tried to save myself that day, they would have killed me because I had complained against them,” Singh said.
The athlete sustained injuries on her legs and chest. Her nose was also injured badly. She said the goons were armed with sticks and pistols.
Singh said the local police did not take the matter seriously when she went to a police station to lodge a complaint against the accused.
Senior Superintendent of Police, Shalabh Mathur, said a probe has been ordered and the arrests would be made soon.
“I have given an ultimatum to the head of the concerned police station and officials in charge of the case to file it under appropriate sections of the IPC (Indian Penal Code). Arrests will be made,” he said.
The athlete complained against some men for teasing her.
Reports of crimes against women in India increased by 26.7 percent to 309,546 in 2013 compared to the previous year, according to the National Crime Records Bureau.
These include rape, kidnapping, sexual harassment, trafficking, molestation and domestic violence by husbands and relatives.
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