news Friday, May 15, 2015 - 05:30
“I don’t need their job. I want justice; two senior girls are responsible for my daughter’s death. They are trying to protect them,” says Geetha, mother of one of the athletes with the Sports Authority of India, (SAI) who committed suicide at a centre in Alapuzza. Last Wednesday evening, four 17-year-old junior rowers, Teresa Jacob, Sabitha Santosh, Shilpa KR and Aparna Ramabhadran entered a suicide pact after being admonished by the sports centre officials. While three of them are recovering at the the Alappuzha Medical College hospital, Aparna succumbed to the poison the next morning. The Sports Authority of India, on Friday handed over a cheque of Rs 5 lakhs to Aparna's family and also offered her mother a job with the SAI. Speaking to The News Minute, Aparna's mother, Geeta, says that she does not want a job and demands justice for her daughter. Geeta also says that hours before her daughter's death, Aparna recounted the “unbearable” harassment from the "chechis" or sisters in the hostel. “In spite of everything she still called them chechi. She told me that the seniors defamed them, spread stories that she used to hide a boyfriend in the room. My daughter wailed and said that it was all false. She told me how they would abuse her and make her wash their clothes,” she says. She also alleged that the Kerala Rowing Association Secretary had tried to influence her and asked to withdraw the complaints. “He asked me not to file a complaint against the SAI and the seniors. He also offered me money and a good job to make my statements favorable to SAI,” she says. Read- Othalanga: The fruit that's killed more people than any other fruit in the world was used by SAI rowers