Finally Equal Pay at Squash Nationals, Thanks to Dipika Pallikal

Pallikal had been boycotting the nationals since 2012, demanding equal prize money for women and men.

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Dipika Pallikal is the first Indian to break into the top 10 in the WSA rankings. (Photo: IANS)

Top squash player Dipika Pallikal will compete in the Senior National Championship, to be held in July, for the first time in five years after her stand was vindicated with the organisers deciding to have equal prize money to men and women.

Championship Director Niraj Shirgaokar confirmed to PTI that the Nationals will have equal prize money in the men’s and women’s category with the winners getting Rs 1.25 lakh each.

Dipika Pallikal with Saurav Ghosal (Photo: @DipikaPallikal via Twitter)
Dipika Pallikal with Saurav Ghosal (Photo: @DipikaPallikal via Twitter)

Pallikal had boycotted the nationals demanding equal prize money after winning the title in 2011 when her India teammate Joshna Chinappa was injured.

I look forward to playing the nationals again. My stand (for equal prize money) was not just about me but for the entire women’s squash fraternity. Nowadays, you have more and more international events offering equal prize money. So, it is good that the national federation (SRFI) too has decided to have equal prize money.
Dipika Pallikal, World No 18

Confirming the development, Shirgaokar said,”Equal prize money is a contentious issue the world over but there are events which offer equal prize money. I welcome SRFI’s decision to have the same prize money for men and women.”

Women demanding equal wages is not only confined to squash. They are paid the same as men in all four Tennis Grand Slam events but significantly less in WTA circuit.

PSA, the professional body for squash, has recently made a conscious to have equal prize money. The World Series Finals in Dubai last month had equal prize money of USD 160,000 each.

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