Table tennis player Soumyajit Ghosh suspended and dislodged from the Commonwealth Games team

Soumyajit Ghosh dropped from the TT squad of Indian Commonwealth (Image Source: Scroll).

The 24-year-old table tennis player was ousted from Indian Commonwealth’s Table Tennis (TT) squad and put under provisional suspension by the Executive Board (EB) of Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI). The suspension has come in the light of rape charges registered against him at the Barasat police station in West Bengal for allegedly raping an 18-year-old girl. The player cannot be a part of any national or international tournament during his suspension period.

The girl said that she met Soumyajit three years ago on a social networking site and they started dating soon after that. She told that she was asked to undergo an abortion by the player during their courtship, and shared that she was “raped” during their three-year relationship. “He also promised to marry me, but refused later,” added the victim.

Soumyajit has been charged with rape, cheating, causing miscarriage without women’s consent under various sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) by the Barasat women’s police station, on the complaint of the girl. The Arjuna awardee has denied these allegations and told that the girl was doing all this to ruin his career after their relationship ended. He told that the girl was blackmailing and “for the past one year, she has been taking money from me.” Responding on the allegation of marriage promises, he told “I introduced her as my fiancée publicly after I received the Arjuna award in 2016. But I got tired of her blackmailing me only for money.”

“The Executive Board of the TTFI, taking cognizance of the media reports and the FIR filed against Soumyajit Ghosh, has unanimously decided to suspend the player and restrain him from participation in all tournaments until further orders,” TFFI said on the issue. The TFFI also determined “to issue a show cause notice to Ghosh, asking him to explain his stand on the FIR lodged by the girl, especially on the allegations against him.”

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(Source: Scroll, Times of India)


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