The #MeeToo campaign seems to be gathering pace around the country, with several women coming out to voice their instances of harassment faced at the hands of men. From Bollywood to politics to sports, we see a new case pop up each day.
The latest to come under the scanner is Sri Lankan premier fast bowler, Lasith Malinga. Slinga, as he is widely referred by his fans, has been accused of sexual harassment during his time with the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.
Indian playback singer, Chinmayi Sripaada has spilled the beans on the incident while not naming the victim. The singer took to Twitter by stating that Lasith Malinga had forced himself upon the girl after calling her into his hotel room.
Here's the tweet: “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’s not. He then pushed me in the bed and proceeded to climb onto my face.”
“Mind you I’m tall and about 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, washed my face 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’s famous, you wanted it or worse you deserve it."
After not featuring for almost a year for Sri Lanka, Lasith Malinga made his first appearance for the sub-continent side during their Asia Cup group-stage match against Bangladesh. However, it remains to see if the Sri Lankan cricketing board takes action against the bowler after they investigate into the matter.
In another instance of sexual harassment by a cricketer, an Indian flight attendant has accused Sri Lankan legendary cricketer Arjuna Ranatunga of misbehaving with her in the past.
The victim shared her horror on social media website Facebook, where she also revealed that despite complaining to the hotel reception, no action was taken. The victim accused Ranatunga of grabbing her by her waist while being in the elevator with the Sri Lankan.