DCW recommends FIR against Sardar Singh for sexual assault

Serious charge:Indian hockey team captain Sardar Singh.— File Photo

Serious charge:Indian hockey team captain Sardar Singh.— File Photo  

The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Wednesday recommended a first information report against Indian hockey team captain Sardar Singh in an alleged case of sexual assault after a British hockey player of Indian origin filed a complaint with the Commission over the weekend.

Punjab police slammed

The Commission also served a notice to Hockey India over its failure to take action against Mr. Singh. DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal demanded an FIR against Punjab police over its alleged failure to register an FIR against Mr. Singh despite the woman alleging rape and assault in January.

“The 21-year-old complained to us that she was physically assaulted by the hockey player and that there was an attempt to push her from the top floor of a five-star hotel in Delhi. She also alleged that she was raped by Mr. Singh. We have recommended registration of an FIR against him,” Ms. Maliwal said, adding that the Delhi Police Commissioner and his deputy have also been marked in the directive.

Notice to Hockey India

“We demand that an FIR be registered against Punjab police under Section 166A of the IPC for failing to register an FIR,” she added.

The DCW, through a notice to Hockey India chairman Narinder Batra, has sought an explanation regarding the allegations made by the complainant and the action taken or proposed to be taken by it in the matter.

“Internal complaints committee”

Ms. Maliwal has also asked for the policy followed by the Hockey India concerning handling of complaints of sexual harassment and assault by its team members and whether it has constituted an “internal complaints committee” for handling cases of sexual harassment as per the sexual harassment at workplace Act.

The DCW also sought information regarding the policy followed by Hockey India regarding the benefits, travel facilities, hotel facilities and accompaniment policy of wives and girlfriends of the Indian men’s hockey team.

The complainant had filed a police complaint in February in Ludhiana, following which an SIT was formed to probe the allegations. The SIT gave a clean chit to the accused.

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