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I won't bow down to family pressure: Dutee Chand

Sunday was once the remaining segment of elections in the country. Naturally, it was once the topic on everyone’s lips. But one 23-year-old from Odisha controlled to get the rustic to forget the elections, even supposing for a little while. Sprinter Dutee Chand changed into the primary Indian sportsperson to admit that she was once in a same-sex courting when she got here out in an interview to a leading daily.

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Speaking to NewsTread from Hyderabad, where she is training for the approaching World Athletic Championship, the Olympian explained why she felt forced to make her courting public and why threats of expulsion from her circle of relatives don’t subject.


Dutee is known for turning into the primary Indian since PT Usha to compete in the 100m sprint in the Olympics. She has additionally gained medals in 100m and 200m in the Asian Games and Asian Championships.

The 23-year-old stated that she was once emboldened by the Supreme Court verdict on Section 377 remaining yr.

“The Supreme Court verdict has been like a breath of unpolluted air for us. It has strengthened what we at all times say: Nobody should judge us just for who we want to be with and who we love. It’s an overly non-public selection. I am not hurting any individual. After the verdict, we felt empowered to come back out in public. We felt it was once time the sector knew.”

However, Dutee stated she does not want to make her partner's identify public.

"She doesn’t want to be out in public. I respect her wishes. I am used to this limelight but she isn't and I don't want her to be bothered by this attention," she clarifies.

All she told is that her partner is a 19-year-old studying in Bhubaneshwar and that they have identified each other for five years.

"We met because she wanted to be a sportsperson too and she came up to me for advice. Over the years, we grew close. She is the most important person to me," stated Dutee.


There are reports doing rounds of her circle of relatives threatening Dutee with expulsion after the scoop surfaced but the athlete stated she is unfazed by all of it.

"My older sister has threatened to throw me out of the house. She did the same with my brother because she didn’t like his wife. But I did not want to bow down to her. I am an adult. She can do what she want but I wanted to make this public for two reasons. It is nothing wrong and I am not ashamed of it. I proudly say I am in a same-sex relationship," she stated.

On her part, Saraswati Chand, Dutee's elder sister, stated that the sprinter's partner "pressurised and blackmailed" her for wealth and assets.


In a country like India, where a lot of people still shy clear of making their sexual orientation public because of societal prejudices, Dutee felt duty-bound to damage that cycle.

She stated, "I think I am a sportsperson. A lot of people look up to me, so I have the responsibility to set the right example for them. I think people will see my medals and my performance for my country and not what I do off the field. They like me because I win for the country and I will continue to do so."


The World Athletics Championship starts in simply 4 months' time and Dutee is busy preparing. Is she involved that the media consideration on her courting will derail her training?

"This attention has come at a time when I am preparing for the World Championships, so the coaches are a bit annoyed but my focus is not wavering," she stated. "My focus will always be my athletic career and winning more medals for the country. Yes, in future, I would want to settle down with her, but that's some time away," she signed off.

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