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India’s national-level kabaddi player accuses coach of rape, blackmail

New Delhi, February 07 (KMS): Delhi Police have filed an FIR on the basis of the complaint of a national level kabaddi player who has accused her coach of sexual assault and blackmail by threatening to leak her private photos on social media.

A senior officer said the action is being taken after the 27-year-old victim had last week filed a complaint at the Baba Haridas Nagar police station.

Her statement has been recorded before a court, he added.

As per the complaint, in 2012, the victim came into contact with the accused Jogender when he was training her for a kabaddi competition in Hirankudna near Mundka in west Delhi. In March 2015, the accused raped the victim and tried to intimidate her, the complaint added.

“Later, in 2018, the accused forced her to share a part of her winnings from a national competition. She subsequently transferred Rs 43.5 lakh to his bank account,” the officer said. “When the victim got married in 2021, he started blackmailing her by threatening to leak her private photos on social media,” he added.

An FIR under various sections of the Indian Penal Code has been registered, the police said, adding that teams have been formed to nab the accused.

It is to mention here that in January, this year, some prominent wrestlers including Vinesh Phogat, Sakshee Mallikkh and Bajrang Punia had staged a sit-in protest at Jantar Mantar in the Indian capital alleging sexual harassment of women wrestlers by the president and coaches of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) and of mismanagement in the functioning of the federation.

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