Notably, during India’s vital 4-3 win over South Africa, the 29-year-old, Vandana Katariya forward became the first-ever female hockey player to record an Olympic hattrick.
While India’s athletes continue to make the country proud in Tokyo with their outstanding exploits, the country’s residents are still warring amongst themselves. Sports have the ability to bring people together, but it can be difficult to have a beneficial impact on those whose thinking has not matured through time. Despite the conviction that we are improving as a society, the recent incident in Haridwar demonstrates that we are still a long way from our goal.
Two males were reportedly observed dancing and bursting firecrackers in the Roshnabad district of Haridwar, Uttarakhand, following India’s 1-2 loss to Argentina in the semi-finals of the Tokyo Olympics. In a sad chain of events, the two were allegedly doing the same as a parody in front of hockey player Vandana Katariya residence.
What actually happened in Haridwar?
According to accounts, the two men reportedly made casteist statements against Vandana and her family, blaming India’s loss in Tokyo on the presence of Dalit players. Hearing the loud noises, some of Vandana’s family members came out of the house, resulting in a heated argument between them and the two males.
Police officers arrested one of the males involved after Vandana’s brother filed a report. According to a PTI report, the guy, named Vijay Pal, was detained and accused in connection with the incident under section 504 of the Indian Penal Code (intentional insult with intent to incite a breach of peace) and the SC-ST Act. The other individual who was involved in the event has yet to be apprehended.
Vandana has been India’s most impressive player in Tokyo
Although such remarks against any athlete are abhorrent, it is even more astonishing that Vandana, who has been one of India’s most impressive players in Tokyo, and her family had to deal with this. Notably, during India’s vital 4-3 win over South Africa, the 29-year-old forward became the first-ever female hockey player to record an Olympic hattrick. As they face Great Britain in the bronze medal match on Friday, India’s star will try to answer everyone with her actions on the pitch.
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