Goa swimming coach Surajit Ganguly charged with rape after video of molesting 15-year-old swimmer goes viral


Head coach of Goa swimming team, Surajit Ganguly, has been charged with rape after a video of him molesting a 15-year-old swimmer went viral on social media platforms. Reacting to the viral visuals, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said that a stringent action will be taken against Ganguly.
Surajit Ganguly

Rijiju wrote, “A stringent action will be taken through Sports Authority. Firstly, it’s a heinous crime of serious nature so I’ll urge the Police to take stringent penal action against the coach urgently.”

His subsequent tweet read, “I’ve taken a strong view of the incident. The Goa Swimming Association has terminated the contract of coach Surajit Ganguly. I’m asking the Swimming Federation of India to ensure that this coach is not employed anywhere in India. This applies to all Federations & disciplines.”

Goa Swimming Association chief Digambar Kamat said that Ganguly’s contract had been terminated with immediate effect. He was quoted as saying, “Soon after watching the video, we immediately wrote to the Sports Authority of Goa to discontinue his services with immediate effect. He was recommended after many parents requested he be allowed to train students as he was a good coach.”

The girl said in her complaint that she had been subjected to sexual harassment by Ganguly all throughout her six months of stay in Goa. The matter came to light after her parents visited her in Goa and detected a significant dip in her performance and also her reluctance to be in the company of Ganguly.

She shared her ordeal after a long persuasion prompting her parents to return to Bengal and file a complaint. The girl narrated her woes on social media after the police station in her home state refused to file an FIR since the crime had taken place in another state. Her social media post read, “My coach used to touch me and physically assaulted me. I have decided to reveal this because I want to save many other girls who may have gone through the same ordeal. Shockingly, when I went to the police station, they told me to lodge a complaint with the Goa police.”

Kapil Nayak of Mapusa police station in Goa, according to News18, said that Ganguly had been booked under IPC sections 376 (rape), 354 (molestation) and 506 (criminal intimidation), as well as under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and Goa Children’s Act. Ganguly is believed to have gone untraceable since the matter came to light.

(We’ve decided to not share the video here because the content of the video is too disturbing to broadcast.)