After facing backlash from her sister for revealing her sexual orientation, India’s fastest woman Dutee Chand said Tuesday that her sister is blackmailing her and has been demanding Rs 25 lakh from her.
“My own sister is blackmailing me, she asked me for Rs 25 lakh. She had once beaten me, I’d reported to the police. Since she was blackmailing me, I was forced to come out about my relationship,” ANI quoted the athlete as saying.
Sprinter Dutee Chand who has come out about her same-sex relationship, in Bhubaneswar: My own sister is black mailing me, she asked me for Rs 25 lakh. She had once beaten me, I’d reported to the police. Since she was blackmailing me, I was forced to come out about my relationship pic.twitter.com/ueioaOtDHJ
— ANI (@ANI) 21 May 2019
Earlier, Dutee told The Sunday Express that she has found a soulmate, a girl from her hometown in Odisha. Chand did not identify her partner because she did not want her to become “the centre of undue attention”.
“I have found someone who is my soulmate. I believe everyone should have the freedom to be with whoever they decide they want to be with. I have always supported the rights of those who want to be in a same-sex relationship. It is an individual person’s choice. Currently, my focus is on the World Championships and the Olympic Games but in the future I would like to settle down with her,” Dutee told The Sunday Express.
The Indian sprinter later said her sister had threatened to send her to jail over her sexual orientation.
“My eldest sister kind of wields power and authority in my family. She has thrown out my elder brother from home because she does not like his wife. She has threatened me that same will happen to me. But I am also an adult who has individual freedom. So, I decided to go ahead with this and make it public,” Dutee told PTI in an interview on Sunday.
“My eldest sister feels that my partner is interested in my property. She has told me that she will send me to jail for having this relationship,” she said.
The Supreme Court in a landmark judgment in September 2018 read down the 158-year-old British-era law that criminalised same-sex relations between consenting adults in private.