Haridwar: At a time when everyone is working hard to bolster the morale of India’s Olympic team in Tokyo, Vandana Katariya’s family in Haridwar was harassed by a few upper caste guys.
Following India’s loss to Argentina in the women’s hockey semi-final match at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday, casteist remarks were hurled at her family, who live in Roshnabad village in Haridwar, according to sources.
It was alleged that shortly after the match, two upper caste guys gathered near her home and began making casteist remarks about her family.
They humiliated the family by setting off fireworks and dancing outside their home, claiming that the India team lost because it had “too many Dalit players.”
Vandana’s family, who was outraged by the act, reported it to local police, who later detained one of the two accused. Katariya’s family told the police that they are highly proud of the Indian women’s hockey team’s fighting spirit.
Vandana’s brother Shekhar stated that his family was harassed shortly after the match and that people from the upper caste made fun of them.
He said that when his family walked out, they did not stop but instead made casteist insults to them.
The SHO of the Sidcul police station stated that they had received a complaint from the Katariya family and that they are looking into the case.