Sardar Singh denies sexual harassment charge

NEW DELHI (PTI): Under-fire India hockey captain Sardar Singh on February 3 rubbished alleged sexual harassment charges leveled against him by a British hockey player of Indian origin, saying even though he knew her they never got engaged as claimed by the woman.

The 21-year-old woman has filed a written complaint with Ludhiana police, claiming she has been engaged to Sardar for the past four years and alleged that he “mentally, physically and emotionally tortured” her.

“I know her but it’s wrong to say that I assaulted her,” Sardar said.

She also alleged that Sardar forced her to abort their child last year against her wishes and later refused to marry her. Sardar said these are serious allegations and he will retort back at an appropriate time as he is presently focusing on the ongoing Hockey India League, where he is captaining the Jaypee Punjab Warriors side.

“Presently my full concentration in on the ongoing HIL. After last night’s match, I came to know about the allegations. Tomorrow I have a match again. It is a very serious allegation. I will look at the report ans consult my lawyer. I will answer all questions but I need some time,” he said. Asked whether he got engaged with the complainant, Sardar outrightly denied it, saying: “Nothing like that happened between us.”

In her complaint to the Ludhiana Police Commissioner P S Umranangal, the woman had accused the veteran midfielder of “mentally, physically and emotionally” torturing her.

(PTI)