A FEMALE physiotherapist of women’s cricket team has alleged that she was asked to help male players in physiotherapy sessions and when she objected, her services were terminated by the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) without issuing any notice.
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Her counsel Pankaj Chandgothia said that Ruchi Saini, a resident of Industrial Area, Derabassi, is a qualified physiotherapist and she was appointed by the PCA on July 1, 2015, to assist the women’s cricket team. He alleged that Saini was never told about her work profile and she had to carry out many other duties apart from that of a physiotherapist.
Chandgothia told Chandigarh Newsline that the PCA authorities ordered her to do other jobs beyond her profile, like throwing the ball, assisting in fielding and all other jobs that come under coaching or training section. He said that Saini, in her complaint to the National Commission for Women (NCW), alleged that PCA had neither any women’s safety cell nor any sexual harassment committee which itself was a violation of law.
He said that Saini mentioned in her complaint that on October 21 last year, she was badly injured while assisting the female players in their training as she had to demonstrate various kinds of exercises, which is the work of a trainer. During one of such sessions, she fell down and got injured. Chandgothia alleged that although she was injured on duty, the PCA officials manipulated records to show that she was not doing any duty on that day. He termed it a “pre-meditated move to ultimately terminate her services”.
The NCW directed the DC in January to conduct an inquiry and send the report to the commission but he failed to do so. Chandgothia said that they had sent a legal notice to the PCA and the DC on Tuesday.
When contacted, the DC said that he received a complaint in this regard on Tuesday. However, he added that he did not receive any notice.
When contacted, PCA secretary G S Walia said that he could not comment on the issue as it was a legal matter.