Haridwar: Casteist slurs, abuses thrown at Olympic star Vandana Katariya’s family
HARIDWAR: Hours after India went down to Argentina in the women’s hockey semi-final at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday, two upper caste men began circling Vandana Katariya’s home at Roshnabad village in Haridwar. They burst crackers, danced in mock celebration and hurled caste abuses at her family, saying that the team had lost because it had “too many Dalit players,” Vandana’s family told TOI. One of the accused has been detained by police.
“We were upset after the loss. But the team went down fighting. We were proud of that,” Vandana’s brother Shekhar told TOI. “Suddenly, after the match, we heard loud noises. Crackers were being burst outside our house. When we went outside, we saw two men from our village -- we know them and they are upper castes -- dancing in front of our house.”
When they saw Vandana’s family step out, they unleashed a stream of casteist abuses. “They used caste slurs, insulted our family and said the Indian team lost because too many Dalits have made it to the team. They went on, saying that it’s not just hockey but every sport that should keep Dalits out,” the compnt filed by Shekhar said. “Then, they took some of their clothes off and started dancing again … It was a caste-based attack.”
An FIR is yet to be registered on the basis of the compnt at the time of filing the report. “One man whose name came up has been detained,” SHO of Sidcul police station LS Butola told TOI.
He didn’t say who the person was. “We have received a compnt and inquiry is on, after which a case will be filed.”
How sad and sick. Our team worked as a unit and reached higher than ever before. This sort of casteist behaviour shames us all! Sports teaches us to keep divisions aside and work together.
if women wins medal in Olympic. She is "desh ki beti".If she loses she is dalit ke beti...
如果女子在奥运会上赢得奖牌，她是“desh ki beti”。如果她输了，她就是达利特。
Instead of celebrating Vandana for her historic hattrick of goals , these goons seem to be hurling abuses. Quite Certain that these goons have little knowledge of hockey and the performance of Vandana and the team in general
Shameless people who can't even achieve a single thing in their lives. You guys are nothing, not even men because real men celebrate women in every field irrespective of their caste, re gion or creed. Go nment should take strict actions ag inst these culprits.
If they win they are our pride. If they lose, they are dalits. Shame on these false patriots.
Not wanting to be cynical, but certain things in India do not change, and I fear never will. So sad...
These shameless upper caste presters, they don't even have courage to prome their daughters for any sport.Just they discourage the people who are involved in develo sports
It just goes to prove that these people are just upper cast, NOT INDIANS. Only true Indians can understand and appreciate the hard-work and sacrifice needed to reach this level.
Shame that we have to put up with these detestable morons in our country. Well played girls Indian Patriots are with you and proud of you all.
Acha then why the hell you need reservations in the name of caste then ?
Casteism has plagued India but certain people seek out benefit by playing Victim. Guilty should be punished in harshest way.
Those who have nothing else to be proud of in their life are proud of their caste
Those stoo so low as to hurl slurs on players are worst than those so called Dalits
Still not Independent from stereotypical and prejudice mindset. Such a same.
Narayan S Bji
Players came on their Merit & not on Reservation Quota. One who are envious of lower castes advancing on Merit too are only to be ignored.
Hocekey is a sport. In every game there can be either a win or loss or draw. What is important is you take the result with sportive mind. It is only retarded ,sick and regressive mind who resort to absues on Dalits and po iticians only flame such in dent to incite communal violence.
Felt very sad about the abuses it's time for the GOI to stop this nuisance once and for all . As after 70 years of independence still reservation is followed by dividing people on caste basis. Common Vandana we as a Indian are proud of you and your achievements.
This is real India. the most uncivilized nation in the world.
I can't believe this type of in dents still happening in the year 2021. Utterly shocking
Sad to hear this.
This country's fate, caste sy em introduced by Aryans in the society will never vanish...