Indian Hockey Skipper Sardara Singh Accused of Sexual Harassment

A 21-year-old international hockey player has accused India’s hockey team captain Sardar Singh of sexual harassment.

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File picture of Indian hockey captain Sardara Singh. (Photo: IANS)

A 21-year-old international hockey player of Indian origin has accused India’s national hockey team captain Sardara Singh of sexual harassment, reports suggest.

In a written complaint to Ludhiana police the woman, a British national, has alleged,

  • She met Sardara during the London Olympics and got engaged soon after.
  • Sardara had a physical relationship following which she got pregnant.
  • Sardara “blackmailed” her to abort the child.

The police have confirmed that they received a complaint but will only register a case after verifying the facts.

The woman has alleged sexual harassment and filed a written complaint against national hockey captain Sardara Singh. The maternal family of the player lives near Bhaini Sahib and the woman has alleged that they met during visits to this religious sect guru. FIR has not been registered as investigation is going on.
Ludhiana Police Commissioner P S Umranangal to Indian Express.

The complainant said, Sardara promised to marry her four years back.

We have been in a four-year relationship which was known to all in India and abroad. I met him during the London Olympics and he finally proposed to me during the 2014 World Cup in Hague. He then invited me to his native village where Sardara and his family formally initiated the engagement. After this me and Sardara were expecting our first child in mid-2015.
The complainant

The 21-year-old international hockey player added, “I spoke to him regarding this and he said sorry I don’t want to have the child and you must abort it immediately otherwise I won’t speak to you and there will be no contact. So under pressure and with him also threatening and blackmailing me physically and emotionally, I aborted our child under the consultation of my parents. After this, Sardara abandoned me.”

However, the Indian hockey captain denied the complainant’s claim of him assaulting her.

I know her but it’s wrong to say that I assaulted her. Presently my full concentration in on the ongoing HIL. After last night’s match, I came to know about the allegations. Tomorrow I have a match again. It is a very serious allegation. I will look at the report and consult my lawyer. I will answer all questions but I need some time.
Sardara Singh

Sardara’s father also rubbished the complainant’s claims while speaking to CNN-IBN.

These allegations are baseless, Sardara will respond to it. As per our knowledge, Sardara was not engaged to the girl. 
Sardara’s father
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