On Sunday, Dutee was pleasantly surprised by the ‘positive feedback’ on social media and the calls she received from people who threw their weight behind her decision to talk about the same-sex relationship.
After coming out of the closet, India's fastest woman Dutee Chand is now facing backlash from her own family, who are threatening to send the athlete to jail for her comments. Dutee has become the first Indian athlete to acknowledge being in a same-sex relationship.
At the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Dutee Chand broke her own national record - set last year. On Sunday she clocked 11.28 seconds - marginally better than her previous best of 11.29 seconds.
Much before the Odisha sprinter — now an Asian Games double medallist — successfully challenged the rules regarding the eligibility of female athletes, an 18-year-old rising star, who faced similar discrimination, ended her life. The Indian Express travels to her quaint South Goan village, meets her still-grieving family and pieces together the mystery and pathos behind the suicide
Dutee Chand was India's sprint champion and looked set to win medals at events like the Commonwealth and Asian Games as well as Olympics. But she suddenly found herself out of the race, due to a natural condition.
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