Desperate to raise funds to meet his expenses for the next month’s South Asian Games, Indian Squash player Ravi Dixit, has put up his kidney for “auction” on social media platform Facebook.
Dixit, who is 23 and won India gold in the 2010 Asian junior championship, on January 10 decided to take the drastic step, to be able to continue playing.
Though we were unable to find his original Facebook post as it might have been removed, according to media reports, Ravi expressed his desperation and need for money by writing:
“I have been playing squash for the last 10 years. Even after winning so many medals and representing India so many times, I do not get any support to take my squash to the national and international levels. Dhampur Sugar Mill has supported me but how long will they continue to support me? Next month, the games are starting in Guwahati and I am representing India. To prepare for the tournament, I am training in Chennai but I have not been able to arrange enough money to fund my campaign for the games. I have lost my determination. I am ready to sell my kidney. If anyone needs a kidney, they can contact me. The price of my kidney is Rs 8 lakh.”
When Dixit’s parents, who were in Dhampur, Uttar Pradesh, learnt about their son’s action, they got worried as the drastic step might be even more harmful for him.
They even fear that this may also ruin his career in the process.
When contacted about the post, Ravi’s father Ramkailash Dixit said:
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“I have spoken to Ravi. He is in Chennai right now but I spoke to him on the phone. His mother and I are imploring him not to take the step. Together, we will figure out a way to deal with this crisis. This way, he will ruin both his life and career. I am saddened to hear that my son is taking such a drastic measure. I funded my daughter’s wedding with Ravi’s winnings. Since he has to support the family as well, he cannot use much of what he gets for himself.”
Ravi’s mother, Sarvesh, said they have nothing more to help him in this financial crises.
“My husband is a class-IV employee at the Dhampur Sugar Mill. It is very difficult for us to support the family on his income alone. The mill has been very generous in its support to Ravi’s career but we are too embarrassed to ask them for more help.”
When officials at the Dhampur Sugar Mill, found about Ravi’s Facebook post, they got shocked and said that he should have come to them if he was so worried and they would have done whatever they can to help him out.
Learning about Ravi’s desperation, Moolchand Chauhan, UP state minister, said he will talk to his family and take up the matter with Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.
BJP leader and former Dhampur MLA Ashok Kumar Rana however used the occasion to lash out at the UP government. He said the state government in UP is not paying any attention to sporting talents. “Ravi Dixit’s situation is a result of the state’s attitude of neglect. It is our duty to help such sporting talents,” he said.