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Four SAI female athletes attempt suicide in Kerala: One dies, others critical
The sexual and mental harassment of sports women by the seniors and coaches in Sports Authority of India (SAI) had been hitting the headlines off and on. In the latest tragic incident in Kerala, a 15-year-old trainee girl died today (May 7) allegedly by committing suicide while three others have been hospitalized in serious condition during a SAI training camp.
The reason attributed to the apparent suicide pact by female-trainees consuming a poisonous fruit due to the alleged harassment by seniors. These young girls were undergoing training at SAI's Water Sports Centre in Kerala. The relatives of the affected girls have reportedly alleged that the girls were being physically and mentally tortured by some seniors.

According the latest reports, three girls are still in critical condition and undergoing treatment. The local police have started investigations and the Director General of SAI has been asked to hold an enquiry and submit a factual report.

In a released statement, Minister of State, Youth Affairs and Sports, Sarbananda Sonowal said that all possible help to the family of departed female athlete and the best possible treatment to three girls undergoing treatment were the top priorities.

Reacting to the incident, a head-teacher of Jaipur-based school said that baring a few, most male coaches and physical education teachers were a nuisance in educational institutions. She said that functionaries of the sports department and coaches need to be professionalized with a strict code of conduct.

She suggested that before every tainting programme, the coaches and organizers of the training camps for sports persons should undergo an attitudinal and sensitivity training.

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