SHOCKING: Indian women footballers pretended to be lesbians to avoid sexual harassment by officials, claims ex-captain
Sona also revealed that from state to national level, girls are mentally tortured to compromise with the officials.
New Delhi: In a shocking revelation, former Indian football skipper Sona Chaudhary has revealed several cases of sexual and mental harassment by the officials against the women footballers in the past.
The revelations have been made in her recently launched book 'Game in Game'
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In her book, Sona had claimed that the coach, secretary forced the players to compromise at different levels.
Sona added that with the fear of being raped, members of the Indian women's football used to have affairs with each other.
"To make sure that none of the officials raped us, the girls used to have affairs with each other and show that they were lesbians. The girls pretended to be in relationships with each other," Sona said.
She also revealed that from state to national level, girls are mentally tortured to compromise with the officials.
Meanwhile, Sona praised the Haryana police, saying they were the ones who gave them ground for practice.
Sona herself hails from Haryana. She started her career in 1994 and was Haryana's best player. Due to the political interference with players, she went to Uttar Pradesh in 1995 and settled there. She became a part of the Indian women's football team in the same year and became the captain in a year's time.
She suffered an injury in her knee and back in 1998, which was the end of her football career.