Olympic Hockey Player’s Family Faces Casteist Abuse After Loss in Tokyo

Police has registered a case against two men that burst crackers and hurled casteist abuses outside Kataria's house

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<div class="paragraphs"><p>Women's hockey team player Vandana Katariya's family faces casteist abuse after loss at Tokyo Olympics.</p></div>

Vandana Katariya, a forward in India's international hockey team for the Tokyo Olympics was subjected to casteist slurs after the team lost to Argentina and could not win the semi-final match.

The fact that the team had made it so far was a big feat in itself, and while most of the nation was lauding the women's team for their exceptional performance, some people took it out on Katariya's family back home in Haridwar.

Two men burst crackers outside Katariya's house hours after the team's loss and hurled casteist slurs at her family. They even mocked them and said that the team did not win because it had "too many Dalit players".

Vandana's brother, Shekhar, said, "We were upset after the loss. but the team went down fighting. We were proud of that. Suddenly, right after the match, we heard loud noises. Crackers were being burst outside our house. When we went outside, we saw two men from our village, we know them and they are upper castes, dancing in front of our house," in a statement to The Times of India.

Based on Shekhar's complaint, the Uttarakhand police registered a case against the two men and some unknown persons for allegedly abusing Vandana Kataria's family.

The two men have been identified as Vijaypal, a resident of Roshanabad, and Sumit Chauhan, a resident of Navodaya, Hindustan Times reported.

Reportedly the case has been registered under relevant sections of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, and Section 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) of the Indian Penal Code.

Earlier, the family had complained to the Senior Superintendent of Haridwar, D Senthil Aboodai Krishan S about the foul and abusive caste-based remarks made by the neighbours against them and Vandana on Wednesday.

This news has caught the attention of users on Twitter who have expressed their disappointment and anger at such an act of cruelty.

To watch a talented woman who has done wonders for the country being brought down because of her caste is truly shameful.

(With inputs from TOI and Hindustan Times).

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