A Goa-based swimming coach has been sacked after a minor accused him of molesting her. The video footage of that alleged misconduct went viral on social media and the victim appealed Sports minister, Kiren Rijiju to step in.
Surajit Ganguly, the swimming coach was employed with Goa Swimming Association (GSA), has been accused of molesting a 15-year old girl who was training under him.
In a series of tweets, Kiren Rijiju assured strict action will be taken against Ganguly.
He tweeted, “I have taken a strong view of the incident. The Goa Swimming Association has terminated the contract of coach Surajit Ganguly. I am asking the Swimming Federation of India to ensure that this coach is not employed anywhere in India. This applies to all Federation and disciplines.”
“A stringent action will be taken through Sports Authority. Firstly, it’s a heinous crime of serious nature so I will urge the Police to take stringent penal action against the coach urgently.”
The GSA confirmed that Ganguly’s contract immediately after watching the video. Both the girl and coach are are from Bengal,” GSA Secretary Syed Abdul Majhi commented to PTI.
The swimming coach was appointed by the GSA about two and half years ago for its Mapusa facility.
He added, “We had appointed him because he had a good track record as a coach. There have been no prior complaints against him.”
In the year 2017, Goa Legislative Assembly had moved a motion congratulating him along with other coaches for bringing “Pride and glory swimming and diving sports and to the state.”
The West Bengal Police confirmed that the girl has lodged a complaint and the case is now being handled by their counterparts in Goa.
“Based on the version given by the girl, we have lodged a formal complaint yesterday. But since the case falls under Goa police jurisdiction, it has been transferred there. Goa police is probing it”, a police official said in Kolkata.
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