A history undergraduate student named Ruchika Mohanty ended her life on Saturday, revealing how she was ragged and harassed by her seniors. The suicide note from the 18-year-old who hailed from Cuttack revealed that she couldn’t take the torture anymore.
Following this unfortunate incident, Odisha-born Olympian Dutee Chand opened up about how she too, had been a victim of ragging by seniors during her stay at the Sports Hostel in Bhubaneswar from 2006-08.
Reacting to a post shared by a Facebook user on how to avoid ragging in educational institutions, Dutee said,
Didis (seniors) used to force me to massage their bodies and wash their clothes at the Sports Hostel.
Adding further, Dutee revealed how seniors also made adverse comments on her finances, the sprinter said, adding, her complaints were never given due attention by the authorities. She said,
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 incident had an impact on my mental condition. It is very difficult to remain focused on sports after the incidents of ragging and those who survive this stay in the hostel. But many give up and go back home.
The authorities of the Sports Hostel, Bhubaneswar, are yet to react to the charges levelled by Chand.
The reason this post makes it to Voice For Men India is to demonstrate how Abuse Has No Gender. Women can be worse for their own gender, however, we always end up blaming Patriarchy and Men for anything that fails or demotivates a woman. Speak up against injustice – irrespective of which Gender the abuser belongs to.
"Didis Used To Force Me To Massage Their Bodies & Wash Their Clothes At Sports Hostel" | Olympian @DuteeChand Opens Up About Ragging
— Voice For Men India (@voiceformenind) July 4, 2022
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