Delhi Police yet to receive complaint against hockey coach

Delhi Police is yet to receive any complaint from Hockey India (HI) asking it to investigate the allegations of sexual harassment levelled by woman players against former coach M K Kaushik.

Updated: Jul 25, 2010, 13:32 PM IST

New Delhi: Delhi Police is yet to receive
any complaint from Hockey India (HI) asking it to investigate
the allegations of sexual harassment levelled by woman players
against former coach M K Kaushik.

"We have not received any letter yet. I am not aware of
it," Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal told reporters.

Kaushik was in the eye of a storm after player Ranjita
Devi complained to Hockey India that he harassed her sexually.

Taking serious note of the complaint, Hockey India
yesterday referred the matter to Delhi Police asking it to
immediately investigate into the matter as it involves the
allegations of outraging the modesty of a woman.

A senior police official said after receiving the letter
from the Hockey India, they will look into it and decide on
the course of action.

Stung by the allegations, Kaushik resigned from the post
of coach on July 21 as the hockey establishment launched a
thorough probe into the sex scandal which has rocked the
national game.

Hockey India also sacked videographer Basavraj, who was
purportedly clicked with "prostitutes" during the recent
Canada and China tour, after photographs were sent to it
through an anonymous e-mail.

The hockey governing body had also set up a five-member
panel to probe the allegations.

"We feel that the committee does not have coercive
powers to go into the issue. In view of the Supreme Court
judgement in the Visakha case regarding sexual harassment at
workplace, we are marking a copy to Delhi Police Commissioner
for taking suo motu notice so that this can be taken to its
logical conclusion," HI Secretary General Narinder Batra said.

Batra said that the committee`s demand for more time to
inquire into the matter was turned down by HI since it did not
want to waste any more time.

"Let the Government of India or police file an FIR for
investigating the matter," he said yesterday.

Earlier, Delhi Commission of Women (DCW) expressed its
unhappiness at Hockey India setting up an "all-male" panel
to look into sexual harassment allegations against Kaushik,
which was in violation of Supreme Court guidelines.

"Ideally, the committee enquiring sexual harassment
ought to have a woman as a chairperson and 50 per cent of its
members as female and a NGO representative to ensure fairness
and complete objectivity of the enquiry. It should therefore
be constituted on these lines," DCW chairperson Barkha Singh
had said in a letter to Union Sports Minister M S Gill.

PTI

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