MLA apologises for remarks that led national-level kabbadi coach to faint

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 24, 2013 03:47 hrs

Gurgaon: A 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.

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