The #Metoo movement has hit India big time. It all started when Bollywood actress, Tanushree Dutta accused senior actor, Nana Patekar of sexual harassment. And it has opened up a Pandora's Box. Women from different parts of the country have gathered courage and come out in the open to share their ordeals. And now, it has hit the cricketing world as well.
An Indian flight attendant has accused former Sri Lankan skipper, Arjuna Ranatunga of sexually harassing her in the elevator of hotel. She took to Facebook to reveal the chilling details of the alleged incident.
She wrote on Facebook that, “My starstruck colleague spotted Indian and Sri Lankan cricketers in the elevator of Hotel Juhu Centaur, Mumbai and decided to meet them in their room for autographs. I decided to chaperone her, fearing for her safety, we were offered drinks (perhaps laced) I declined and stuck to my bottle of water I’d brought along. They were 7 and we 2, they latched the room door putting the chain secure. My discomfort growing inside of me, I urged her to get back to our room.”
“She was smitten and wanted to go for a stroll by the poolside, this was at 19:00 hrs, the walk to the pool a desolate, unlit pathway at the back of the hotel, I look back to find (her friend) and the Indian cricketer nowhere in sight.”
“Ranatunga grabs me by waist, sliding his hands along the side of my breasts, I scream fearing the worst, kicking on his legs and feet. Threatening him of dire consequences, passport cancellation, reporting it to the cops etc., for he is a Sri Lankan misbehaving with an Indian. Wasting no time, I dashed for the hotel reception a good run on an incline screaming on top of my voice. The reception said, “it is your private matter” and that they can’t help me.”
Arjuna Ranatunga led Sri Lanka to their maiden World Cup win in 1996 and is regarded as one of the greatest players from Sri Lanka.