Indian women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal on Saturday condemned and termed as “shameful” the alleged casteist abuses made against the family of fellow player Vandana Katariya. Vandana had scored four goals during the Olympics but after the Indian women’s team’s semi-final loss against Argentina on Wednesday, her family was allegedly subjected to casteist abuse in Haridwar.
Rani Rampal said in the virtual conference, ‘Whatever happened is very bad. We work so hard to represent our country. Stop this discrimination, religious division and casteism because we work above all these things.’ The Indian women’s team finished fourth, losing 3-4 to Great Britain in the bronze medal play-off.
The women’s hockey captain said, ‘We come from different parts of India, belong to different religions. But when we come here and play for India. This kind of behavior of people is shameful. But there are people who gave us so much love even though we did not win medals. So they should learn from these people. If we want to make India a hockey country, we need everyone.
According to reports, two persons burst firecrackers and danced laughing outside Vandana’s house in Roshanabad. When some members of Vandana’s family came out after hearing the firecrackers, two men ran away making casteist remarks against her. According to local officials, they said the team lost because it has too many Dalit players.
Rani hoped that people would learn a lesson from this incident and such things would not happen in future. He said, ‘It’s a bad thing, it shouldn’t have happened, maybe they will learn from it and won’t do it in future’