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Foreigners complain of harassment by drunken men at Kila Raipur games

Foreigners attending Kila Raipur Rural Olympics were subjected to eve teasing, as many complaints of harassment were reported during the four-day fest. Most of the women from other countries complained of harassment by drunken men during the fest.

punjab Updated: Feb 07, 2016 21:45 IST
Sukhpreet Singh
Many complaints of harassment were reported during the four-day Kila Raipur sports festival.
Many complaints of harassment were reported during the four-day Kila Raipur sports festival.(HT Photo)

Foreigners attending Kila Raipur Rural Olympics were subjected to eve teasing, as many complaints of harassment were reported during the four-day fest. Most of the women from other countries complained of harassment by drunken men during the fest.

The atmosphere at the event impacted these women so much that they claimed that they would think twice before coming to this place next time.

Talking to Hindustan Times, two women from United States: Tiffany Stewart and Annabelle Smith, who came to explore different sports festivals in India, said, “Drunken men roaming in the ground during evening hours was a normal thing. On the third evening, a group of five drunk men harassed us by passing comments and following us. We were so upset that we left the place,” Smith said.

Sara Mously from Germany, said, “During the first three days of the fest, some men kept on irritating us by asking for taking selfies with them. While some passed comments in Punjabi, which we could not understand. So, on the last day of the fest, I left the ground early.”

Lola from Israel said, “Organisers should make proper security measures at such events, especially for safety of women.”

Jagbir Singh Grewal, member of Grewal Sports Association, said, “We will take special steps to curb such activities at the fest from next time. We will also make foreigners aware about the steps taken for their safety and convenience.”

A total mismanagement

Visitors claimed that the fest was not managed properly by the organisers as no police were deployed at the venue on the first three days. Police force was seen at the venue only on the last day because food and civil supply minister Adesh Pratap Singh Karion was scheduled to come there.

Besides, there were no safety measures for participants, as two mule racers fell down of the mule along with cart during the contest. Even on the last day, a visitor was hit by a mule rider.