Imphal: Former Indian hockey captain Suraj Lata Devi has reportedly filed a case related to domestic violence, assault and dowry harassment against her husband Shanta Kumar Singh, who is also a hockey player.
Devi, who is a resident of Imphal, Manipur, narrated her ordeal of 15 years when she was with her husband and said that it was a love marriage and both of them lived in Mumbai, where she was working.
The 39-year-old hockey player alleged that she was subjected to harassment by her husband right from the time they got married in 2005, dowry being the major reason.
The mother of two maintained that she had been enduring the harassment in belief that her husband’s behaviour would change but she finally took the decision after her husband in an inebriated condition allegedly assaulted her at Kapurthala in Punjab in November 8, 2019, while she was officiating at a tournament organised by the Rail Coach Factory in Sultanpur Lodhi.
She said that she was tortured the whole night and later taking help of her friends, she went to Delhi and returned to Imphal.
Devi informed that she filed a complaint at Heingang police station in Imphal and the case has been taken up by the Kapurthala police station in Punjab.
The Arjuna Awardee led the Indian women’s hockey team to win three gold medals in the 2002 Commonwealth Games, 2003 Afro-Asian Games and 2004 Women’s Hockey Asia Cup. Her life and achievements inspired the 2007 movie Chak De India starring Shahrukh Khan.