After many MeToo hashtags from entertainment industry, the campaign has reached Sports. An Indian women raised allegation against Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga. Prominent Singer Chinmayi Sripada wrote a twitter post on behalf of an anonymous woman claiming that Malinga had sexually assaulted her in a Mumbai hotel.
Chinmayi narrated the incident in the post.
“I’d like to remain anonymous. A few years back when I was in Mumbai, I was looking for my friend in the hotel we were staying in. I bumped into a very famous Sri Lankan cricketer during the IPL season who said my friend was in his room. I go in and she is not. He then pushed me in the bed and proceeded to climb on to my face. Mind you I am tall and about the same body weight & I couldn’t fight him back. I closed my eyes and mouth but he used my face. Then the hotel staff knocked on the door to replenish the bar which he went to open the door. I quickly ran into the washroom and left as soon as the hotel staff left. I was humiliated. I knew people would say that you knowingly went to his room, he is famous, you wanted it or worse you deserve it.”
Cricketer Lasith Malinga. pic.twitter.com/Y1lhbF5VSK
— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) October 11, 2018
According to her, the incident took place during the IPL season. Malinga has played for Mumbai Indians in all the 10 seasons of the IPL.
Earlier, a flight attendant has raised allegations against Former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga. In a facebook post she alleged that Ranatunga catched her by waist. She managed to pull him off and ran to hotel reception, but none was there for help.
Likewise, Badminton player Jwala Gutta also came up with Me Too movement. She opened up about the “mental harassment”and selection biases. She neither took any names nor remarked any instances of sexual harassments.
Maybe I should talk about the mental harassment I had to go through… #metoo
— Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) October 9, 2018