An FIR has been lodged against Yuvraj Singh over a ‘casteist remark’ made by him during an Instagram live session with Rohit Sharma. Eight months later, an FIR has been registered in Haryana.
Former cricketer Yuvraj Singh has always been a fan of social media and is usually found active, interacting with his followers. He has been conducting live sessions on Instagram for a long time and during the unprecedented lockdown time, the cricketer did many such live sessions in collaboration with other cricketers. During one of the live sessions with Rohit Sharma, the 39-year-old former cricketer made a ‘casteist remark’ against spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in 2020.
The word uttered by Yuvraj was deemed disrespectful towards the Dalit community. He later issued an apology for the same.
What Did Yuvraj Say In The Live Session?
Yuvraj Singh during his live session was discussing about Chahal and other cricketers with Rohit Sharma. Yuvraj was talking about a certain video that Chahal put on social media with his family.
While talking about the incident, Yuvraj said: “Ye bh**gi log ko kaam nahi hai yeh Yuzi aur isko (Kuldeep)”, to which, Rohit also jokingly replied: “Maine usko wahi bola ki apne baap ko nacha raha hai, pagal toh nahi hai tu.”
Who Filed The Complaint Yuvraj?
A Dalit activist in Hisar district on Sunday filed a police complaint, demanding his arrest and registration of the case under the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, which aims to prohibit discrimination. A first information report (FIR) was registered under Sections 153, 153A, 295, 505 of IPC, besides sections 3 (1) (r) and 3 (1) (s) of the SC/ST Act.
Last year, in June, an advocate from Hisar had filed a police complaint against the ex-cricketer amid outrage.
After the ruckus, Yuvraj Singh took Twitter to clarification and also apologized for his comment.
This is to clarify that I have never believed in any kind of disparity, be it on the basis of caste, colour, creed or gender. I have given and continue to spend my life for the welfare of people. I believe in the dignity of life and respect each individual without exception,” read the statement.
“I understand that while I was having a conversation with my friends, I was misunderstood, which was unwarranted. However, as a responsible Indian I want to say that if I have unintentionally hurt anybody’s sentiments or feelings, I would like to express regret for the same. My love for India and all its people is eternal,” the statement added.
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