Chandigarh, Feb 4: Under-fire India hockey captain Sardar Singh rubbished alleged sexual harassment charges leveled against him by a British hockey player of Indian origin, saying they never got engaged or forced her to abort 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 focussing 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 complaintant, Sardar
outrightly denied it, saying:
"Nothing like that happened between us."
In her complaint to the Ludhiana Police Commissioner PS Umranangal, the woman had accused the veteran midfielder of "mentally, physically and emotionally" torturing her.
The 21-year-old, in a startling revelation, has also claimed that Sardar, whom she met during the London Olympics in 2012 and has been engaged to him for the past four years, also forced her to abort their child in 2015.
"We have been in a four-year relationship which was known to all in India and abroad. I met him during the London Olympics and he finally proposed to me during the 2014 World Cup in Hague. He then invited me to his native village where Sardar and his family formally initiated the engagement," she alleged.
"After this me and Sardar were expecting our first child in mid-2015. I spoke to him regarding this and he said sorry I don't want to have the child and you must abort it immediately otherwise I won't speak to you and there will be no contact.
"So under pressure and with him also threatening and blackmailing me physically and emotionally, I aborted our child under the consultation of my parents. After this, Sardar abandoned me," the woman further alleged.
The complainant said she filed the FIR to make public Sardar's fraud and the injustice which she has meted on her.
"I filed the FIR because Sardar has resorted to fraudulent means. He lied to me, cheated me, physically, mentally and emotionally abused me," she said.
"It has come to the point now that I need justice as a woman. If Sardar has any self-respect, he will call me or contact my lawyers. I have full faith in Indian law and Indian judiciary," she concluded.
Meanwhile, Punjab Police constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to look into allegations of "sexual exploitation" against Sardar Singh.
The SIT, set up by Ludhiana Police Commissioner PS Umranangal, would be headed by additional DCP SS Atwal and comprise two other members. The SIT started its inquiry into the case immediately on Wednesday.
The police have not registered any case against Sardar Singh so far.
(With inputs from agencies)