Indian badminton star Jwala Gutta has spoken out on mental harassment that she has had to go through using the hashtag #metoo. "Maybe I should talk about the mental harassment I had to go through...," tweeted the Badminton star and spoke about the injustice met to her in a series of tweets.
"Since 2006.since this person became the chief ..threw me out of national team inspite of me being a national champion.the latest was when I returned from RIO...one of the reasons I stopped playing!!(sic)" said the second tweet by Gutta.
"So when this person couldn’t get through to me...he threatened my partners harassed them...made sure to isolate me in every manner...even after Rio...the one who I was gonna play mixed with was threatened..and I was just thrown out of the team..(sic)," said the third tweet.
When one of the Twitter users questioned her about her silence all these years, Jwala immediately replied saying "I wasn’t silent ...no one was ready to hear!!" #MeToo Storm Hits Indian Media, Hindustan Times Journalist Prashant Jha First to Resign.
Jwala Gutta has often complained in the past that she has been denied her due. The badminton star has alleged that she has often been targeted for speaking her mind. The disciplinary committee of Badminton Association of India (BAI) had recommended a life ban on Gutta for her role in the Indian Badminton League (IBL) controversy in 2013.
The #metoo movement in India has inspired women from various fields to share incidents of sexual harassment and abuse by men and many have even called out men from various walks of life for sexual predatory behaviour. Comedian Tanmay Bhat and Gursimran Khamba have been removed and sent on a leave respectively by the comedy company. Vikas Behl, director of movie 'Queen', was also called out for sexual abuse.