The Swimming Federation of India (SFI) banned swimming coach Surajit Ganguly from all activities related to the sport after a minor girl accused him of rape.
Ganguly was the former employee of Goa Swimming Association. He was accused of behaving inappropriately with a 15 year old girl. A video footage recorded by the victim of the said incident went viral.
The swimming federation of India said in a statement, “Based on the report filed with SFI’s Goa unit, the SFI condemns this heinous behavior and has banned this coach from any form of coaching or other activities related to the sport across India. Circular to this effect is issued to all its 29 state units.”
A case under IPC sections 376 (rape), 354 (molestation) and 506 (criminal intimidation), as well as under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act
(POCSO) and Goa Children’s Act was registered against Ganguly in Goa.
On Thursday, in a series of Tweets, sports minister Kiren Rijiju had assured that stringent action will be taken against Ganguly.
“I’ve taken a strong view of the incident. The Goa Swimming Association has terminated the contract of coach Surajit Ganguly. I’m asking the Swimming Federation of India to ensure that this coach is not employed anywhere in India. This applies to all Federations & disciplines,” he tweeted.
“A stringent action will be taken through Sports Authority. Firstly, it’s a heinous crime of serious nature so I’ll urge the Police to take stringent penal action against the coach urgently.
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