Sindhu backs #MeToo, heaps praises on people who have exposed sexual abusers

Sindhu backs #MeToo, heaps praises on people who have exposed sexual abusers

Agency News

New Delhi, Oct 10: As various sexual harassment allegations have taken up centre stage all over the country, Indian sportspersons from all walks of life have expressed their support of the #MeToo movement that has begun a year ago and suddenly resurfaced its pace, breaking women's silence on enduring sexual abuses.

"I appreciate that people have come forward and spoken about it. I respect it,", said Badmintion star PV Sindhu here at the Vodafone event, where the telecom company launched a woman-specific service 'Sakhi' on Wednesday.

The Rio Olympic silver medallist heaped praise on people from different spheres, who have come forward in exposing personalities who sought sexual favours from their colleagues. Speaking at the launch, the ace shuttler said, 'I believe that by extending the benefits of the mobile connection to more women, several safety and security concerns related to their stepping out of familiar geography can be addressed.'

While flagging of 'Ab Rukein Kyun', a movement to empower women to achieve their dreams, the Padma Shree awardee added, 'I encourage all women to become bold, brilliant and brave, explore thier areas of interest, travel fearlessly and not succumb to unreasonable societal or familial pressures. Live without inhibition.'

On being asked about about harassment in sports arena, Sindhu said, "As far as I am concerned its fine. I have been on the sports for years and it has been good and fine with me.I don't know about seniors and coaches."

The badminton star, who has recently clinched silver in Asiad, expressed that she would perform her best in her next tournament. On Tuesday, former India doubles badminton player Jwala Gutta took to twitter and alleged that she was "thrown out" of the national team despite being a top performer.

The 35-year-old, however, did not reveal the identity of the person behind her ouster. (UNI)