A national-level Kabaddi and wrestling player (name withheld for security purpose) has been threatened with rape by upper caste men for being from a lower caste and excelling in sports.
The girl, who resides in Pandarak village of Bihar, lives just 40km from the state capital Patna, but despite being so close to the political hub of Bihar, the backward thinking of the village has prevailed.
The girl has made a name for herself and for her village in India but her success has become a source of discomfort for village strongmen as she belongs to a lower caste.
The villagers are now threatening to end her career by raping her if she doesn’t stop playing.
“Despite coming from backward caste, we excel in sports and therefore villagers are forcing us to stop playing. I belong to Yadav community and the Bhumihars are threatening us to stop playing. They say if backward caste girls start to play sports then what will girls from upper caste do.” – Victim
What is more, her ordeal doesn’t end just there, the girl, who is a junior and sub-junior national player, is being repeatedly eve teased by these men and despite her filing a Police complaint against them, no action has been taken.
“They eve tease me and they have beaten my father also many times. They ask us to stop playing kabaddi or else they will rape me. I had complaint to the police two months back, but nothing happened. Whenever I go to practice 25 km away from my house, they threaten to rape me on the way.”
Incidentally, the upper caste locals are upset with her as she defeated one of the girls belonging to their community recently.