Gurgaon: Dronacharya awardee and national-level Kabaddi coach Sunil Dabas today fainted and fell down from the dais, apparently after hearing a remark on her attire by a Congress MLA.
Dabas, currently the Head of Physical Education department at Dronacharya Government College here, was told by the Congress legislator from Badshahpur, Rao Dharam Pal, that she should wear a "good dress" instead of a pant and top, police said.
The MLA, who was the chief guest at the college for its annual day function, was introduced to the staff members. When it was Dabas' turn, he reportedly told her, "You are a good player and a good coach also, you should wear (a) good dress."
She was reportedly wearing a top and pant at the time while other women staff were in traditional attire.
When the programme started, the MLA again hinted at her outfit, police said, adding that she fainted and fell from the dais after some time.
Dabas was taken to a hospital and later shifted to Medicity here.
Students of the college protested the remarks made by the legislator, claiming that she fainted because she was humiliated by him.
Pal told PTI that he had said, "You are like my daughter, and you should wear (a) good dress."
He claimed he was "himself a student of the college and wanted to morally teach the staff to wear good dresses to give a good message to the students."
An FIR has not been lodged as yet since Dabas did not given an official statement on regaining consciousness.
MLA apologises for remarks
The Congress legislator today apologised for making a remark at the coach of the national women's kabbadi team coach a day ago, police said.
Sunil Dabas, a Dronacharya awardee, fainted on stage on Friday after former Haryana minister Rao Dharampal allegedly made a remark on her attire at an awards function at the Dronacharya Government College. The incident led to the students causing a ruckus.
"Both parties have reached a settlement after an apology from Rao," a senior police official told IANS on conditions of anonymity.
After the legislator made the comment, Ms Dabas, wearing a cream-coloured shirt and black trousers, lost consciousness on the dais, said a student.
The coach's husband, Vivek Dabas, also claimed his wife fainted after the legislator made a remark on her clothes.
Workers of opposition parties, the BJP and the Haryana Janhit Congress, demonstrated outside Mr Dharampal's residence over the issue. The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), too, condemned the remark.
Ms Dabas was admitted to a private hospital soon after she fainted and was shifted to Medicity Medanta hospital, where she is currently undergoing treatment.
Vivek Dabas said his wife became unconscious after her heartbeat and blood pressure went up.
But Mr Dharampal told IANS on Friday that he did not make any remark on the coach's clothes.
"Maine to kaha tha ki beti tum bahut badi khiladi ho; bahut inaam tumne jeete hain; dhang se raha karo ('I just said that you are a big player, you have won many awards, you should behave properly')," the legislator said.
Ms Dabas heads the physical education department of the college.