Gurgaon : A Congress legislator on Saturday apologised for making a remark at national women’s kabbadi team coach Sunil Dabas here a day ago, police said.

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 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 spoke to her, 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 Dharampal’s residence over the issue. The INLD too condemned the remark. Dabas was admitted to a private hospital soon after she fainted and was shifted to Medicity Medanta hospital, where is currently undergoing treatment. Vivek Dabas said his wife became unconscious after her heartbeat and blood pressure went up.

But Dharampal said 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 daughter, you are a big player; you have won many awards; you should behave properly’),” the legislator said.

Dabas heads the college’s physical education department.    — IANS

One-stop women crisis centres

New Delhi: Women and Child Development ministry has planned an initiative under which hospitals in 100 districts would have one-stop crisis centres to resolve problems being faced by women. “Such centres would have medical assistance, trained police personnel and protection officers,” WCD minister Krishna Tirath said at the National Editors’ conference here today. Tirath said a plan of action has also been readied by the central government to arrest the declining child sex ratio. She said the government is also planning to set up a national level institute of women’s development and empowerment.

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