Odia sprinter Dutee Chand, who hogged limelight by revealing her same-sex relationship, on Tuesday said she was forced to reveal it as her elder sister was ‘blackmailing’ her for a sum of Rs 25 lakh.
“As I have been in relationship with a girl of our village since past three years, my elder sister (Saraswati) was continuously threatening to go public about my relationship when I failed to give money on her demand. She was threatening that I cannot concentrate on sports once I get exposed in media about my same-sex relationship,”
said Dutee, who addressed a news conference here.
The 23-year old athlete also alleged that her elder sister had once beaten her in Bhubaneswar which she had once reported to the police.
Dutee, who is now India’s fastest woman, recently revealed about her same-sex relationship and became country’s first athlete to do so.
Though the sports fraternity and gender right activists hailed Dutee’s revelation, the Asian Games medalist has been facing ire of her family members. Dutee’s mother Akhuji has objected to her daughter’s decision.
Saraswati, also a former athlete, had also alleged that her sister (Dutee) was being misguided by some persons, who have been trying to siphon off her money, which Dutee has earned as prize money.
When asked about her mother’s objection to her relationship, Dutee said her mother was influenced by someone to make such statements.
“My mother alleged that I am not supporting my family financially, which is not true. I am aware about my duty towards my parents and family. I have been extending all helps including financial to my parents,”
The sprinter, who is preparing for World Champions and Tokyo Olympics-2020, said she has not done anything wrong having relationship with a girl. She said her father and other siblings have no objections to her relationship.
The sprinter also requested a section of media not to spread anything which may impact her career or cause any social harm to her partner.
Responding to Dutee’s fresh allegations, Saraswati said there was no truth in her allegations. Saraswati reiterated that Dutee is being ‘blackmailed and pressurized’ by some people who wants to grab her money. (timesofindia)