//Sex charge hits Indian C'wealth squad

Sex charge hits Indian C'wealth squad

ibnlive.com, Tuesday , March 14, 2006 at 08:10

New Delhi: A masseur in the Indian contingent to the Commonwealth Games has been accused of sexually harrassing a 16-year-old cleaner.

The accused has been identified as Nabi Diwan from Sports Authority of India (SAI) in Patiala.

He will be produced before a magistrate on 16th March.

The reaction to the incident has been severe in India. Officials and members of the Indian sports fraternity are embarrassed.

The Australian government has confiscated the passport of the masseur. The Sports Ministry is waiting for the details before taking any action.

"I got to know about this incident telephonically in the morning. This is really very unfortunate. But we are getting the facts of the case. We will get the report and we will act to it," Ratan P Watal, DG Sports Authority of India said.

The sports fraternity is also embarrassed.

Zafar Iqbal, Former Captain, Indian Hockey Team says, "It is actually a bad sign for the whole contingent and for the country. It reflects the image of a particular country."

"We must not take this sort of case lightly. It happened earlier also and in all sports not in hockey. But we must get rid of this," Ashok Kumar, Former Olympian said.

The incident occured on Monday when the teenager lodged a complaint with the Commonwealth village police alleging she had been sexually abused by a member of the Indian contingent when she went to clean his room.

The girl has alleged that the man forcibly fondled her.

The police have registered the complaint and have confiscated the passport of the accused.

They will also carry out an identification parade on Tuesday to help the alleged victim identify the man.