The social media these days is brimming over with stories of #MeToo movement and the latest to join the bandwagon is former Women’s Doubles Badminton player and Arjuna awardee Jwala Gutta. In a series of tweets addressed from her @Guttajwala handle, she has spoken about the threats and the mental harassment she faced during her playing career.
The Hyderabad based shuttler has divulged how she faced “mental harassment” during her career. She also spoke about the selection bias that has pervaded the badminton sport and how she was shunted out of the team in spite being a national champion.
“Maybe I should talk about the mental harassment I had to go through...#metoo," tweeted Gutta. She also added "Since 2006, since this person became the chief, he threw me out of national team inspite of me being a national champion. The latest was when I returned from Rio. I was out of national team again. One of the reasons I stopped playing!" . Further elaborating in multiple tweets she also said "So when this person couldn't get through to me...he threatened my partners, harassed them, made sure to isolate me in every manner. Even after Rio, the one who I was gonna play mixed with was threatened. And I was just thrown out of the team,"
Though she did not name the chief selector, but she was vociferous enough in pointing out that how the selector threatened other players of not partnering Jwala so that she could be isolated. She had also gone on to indicate that this attitude by the selector proved to be a turning point in her career and made her quit the sport even when she was playing well. Jwala was already at loggerheads with the Badminton Association of India and this will certainly aggravate the animosity between the federation and Jwala. Jwala Gutta has been a Gold Medalist at the Common Wealth Women’s Doubles event. She has also won a silver and a bronze in the Mixed doubles event at the Common Wealth Games.