Dutee Chand in a historic decision, came out publically acknowledge her same-sex relationship on Sunday but that didn’t go well with her family.
On Monday, Dutee’s elder sister said that the athlete’s partner “pressurized and blackmailed” her for wealth and property.
“With great sorrow, I have to say that the decision taken by Dutee is not of her own. She’s been pressurised and blackmailed into marriage by that girl and her family. All of this has been done to grab the property and wealth of Dutee,” Saraswati Chand, elder sister of Dutee Chand told ANI.
“Dutee’s life and property are in danger. That’s why I request the government to provide protection and security to Dutee,” she added.
When asked if the family is supportive of Dutee’s relation, Saraswati said, “She is an adult. It’s her decision whether she wants to marry a girl or a boy. But Dutee has been forced to speak all this. Otherwise, a decision about marriage could have been discussed later.
Those people who claim to have played a role in Dutee’s success are the culprits. It’s them who are deviating her from sports and miring her into controversy. She’s been led into a trap. Instead of focusing on the 2020 Olympics and World Championship, she’s been dragged into this. Every government department has been encouraging her for sports.
When a child excels, family members are happy. They get social prestige and people congratulate parents as well. On the contrary, if a child commits wrong deeds then the only family will take the responsibility,” Saraswati said.
Dutee’s mother Akhuji Chand accused her daughter of neglecting the family and not sharing the prize money earned at various meets.
“We are shocked to know that Dutee is going to marry a girl. We are totally against this lesbian relationship,” Akhuji was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
“She got Rs 3 crore as a reward after her Asian Games feat. We told her many times to give some of it to us as we have six daughters, but she did not. We weave to earn a living,” she added.