Coach of India’s new track and field sensation Hima Das has rubbished the allegations of sexual abuse by another athlete.
This was after a female athlete sensationally alleged she was allegedly sexually assaulted by her coach Nipon Das during a training session at the Sarusajai Stadium in Guwahati in May this year.
“Allegations of sexual assault are false. The woman athlete who made the allegations continued to come for coaching. If I am found guilty, I must be punished but if I am not found guilty then she should be punished,” Das said in an audio message.
He added, “I am clean and innocent. You can ask my students. The police told me to cooperate and I am doing that only. An inquiry is on.”
Meanwhile, Times of India reported that Guawahati Police were preparing a chargesheet against the coach on 22 June under Sections 342, 354, 376, 511 and 506, based on an FIR filed by SAI athlete complaining of sexual assault.
Das, for his part, said, “She is jealous of Hima and the way I have become famous along with her. Also, she is angry because she was not selected for the 58th National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships held in Guwahati.”
“This woman athlete who runs 100m and 200m trains under me and she was always after me to get her into the Assam team. I could not do that because there are other girls who are better than her. She was not included in the state team in National Inter-State Championships and that is why she filed the complaint on false and fabricated grounds,” he was later quoted by PTI.
Nandini Kalita, DSP of Basistha Police Station, said that they were waiting for the mediacla report of the athlete in question. She said that the police’s next course of action will depend on the medical report. Assam’s women commission too have launched a separate probe into the female athlete’s allegations of sexual assault.
India’s Hima Das had created history in Finland when she won the gold medal in the women’s 400 metre event at the IAAF World U20 Championships earlier this month. Hima is the daughter of a rice farmer in Assam and is the youngest of her six siblings.