An 18-year-old girl has registered an FIR against Indian table tennis player Soumyajit Ghosh accusing him of rape. The victim lodged her complaint at West Bengal’s Barasat Women Police Station stating the 24-year-old Olympian had raped her several times in last three years on the false pretext of marriage. According to Bengali daily Ebela, the complainant accused Soumyajit Ghosh of forcing her to undergo the abortion after getting her pregnant. The table tennis player who represented the country in 2012 and 2016 Olympics has denied of the rape charge and hit back accusing the girl of blackmailing him for money.
Soumyajit, an Arjuna Awardee was previously engaged to the girl and alleged rape victim. Speaking to the publication, the sportsperson admitted to her being his fiancé and that marriage was on the cards. He said, “I introduced her as my fiance publicly after I received the Arjuna award in 2016. But I got tired of her blackmailing me only for money.”
India’s youngest national table tennis champion Soumyajit who is currently in Germany further revealed the details surrounding his ex-fiancée in a telephonic conversation. He was quoted saying, “For the past one year, she has been taking money from me. I have receipts of more than Rs 1 lakh that I have paid her. I also have the documents to prove that I have borne the expenditure of medical treatment of one of her relatives at a private hospital in Kolkata.”
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Soumyajit Ghosh had got into a relationship with the girl in 2014 after interacting with her first on the social media. Meanwhile, the girl has claimed the table tennis player forcibly raped at his flat as well as in Siliguri, his hometown and later promising her to marry in future. She is accusing the player of getting her pregnant and threatening her to get rid of the child by undergoing aborting.
However, one of Gosh’s relatives has denied all the allegations on the athlete, saying all this was done to defame Gosh. “This is a conspiracy to distract Gosh ahead of the upcoming Commonwealth Games and extract money from him through blackmailing,” the relative said speaking to the news agency ANI.