In recent times, there have been several reports about women being exploited in workplaces. Vinesh Phogat, a renowned female wrestler, recently accused the President of Wrestling Federation of India, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, of sexual misconduct and intimidation. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case, and several other women who have brought glory to our country have also been subjected to such inappropriate behaviour in their professional lives.
Adding to this disturbing trend, a shocking incident has come to light from Chennai, where a 20-year-old female squash player has accused her coach of attempting to rape her. The accused, identified as Murugesan, 48, worked at an academy in Kancheepuram that trains students in various sports, and many school and college students regularly attend the academy.
The complainant, who hailed from Walajabad, had recently completed her training in squash and had gone to the academy to collect her certificate. Her coach asked her to come to his house to get the certificate, where he allegedly tried to rape her. However, the brave girl managed to escape by jumping from the first floor of the house and raising an alarm. The police subsequently arrested Murugesan and remanded him to judicial custody.
Murugesan has been charged with attempted rape and section 4 of TN Prevention of Women Harassment Act. The incident highlights the urgent need to ensure women’s safety and security at workplaces and to hold the perpetrators accountable for their actions.