Fate of an athlete in 'Cricket gods own country'

Written by: Rajesh Krishna
Published: Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 15:07 [IST]
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Fate of an athlete in India

India's top cricketers are now too much worried about their 'privacy'. They feel it is "risky" for them to disclose their whereabouts round the year. BCCI is struggling hard to save these cricketers.

Cricketers how much you are pampered in this country? Still you are not happy.

Here is a different story, this shows how India treats its non-cricketing sports persons.

Poverty had led a former national athlete to enter into a life of prostitution in Raipur.

Nisha Shetty, who was caught on the scene, claims to have represented Assam in national level athletic events in long-jump, high jump and even volleyball during 1994-95.

Nisha claims that she was forced to join flesh trade to earn a livelihood, as she was an unemployed widowed single mother.

Nisha won a high-jump silver medal at a national-level athletics meet in Pune in 1998. In the same year she married Sunil Shetti, who represented Assam in football, against her family"s wishes.

In February 2007, Sunil died of kidney failure. Nisha, a homemaker then, was shattered. “We were wrong to nurture hopes of getting a government job on the sports quota," she told the court.

Desperate for a job, she moved to Mumbai about a year ago in search of one, only to land in the hands of prostitution racket.

Raipur police said that Nisha and the two other women had agreed to spend a week with three businessmen in return for Rs 50,000. The police have also arrested the businessmen.

Court granted her bail on a surety of Rs 10,000, but since she did not have the money, Shetti remains in jail.

It is shame on our country, a national level athlete need to choose flesh trade for their livelihood. No mother practices prostitution by choice, that too a skilled sports person. This whole matter shows just how India treat its no-cricketing sportsperson.

Survival, after all, is the priority for these sports persons of moderate repute. The shameful fate of Nisha and her fault was that she chose a career in a field other than cricket in India.

Cricketers how lucky you are!

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