Kabaddi player Vindhyavasini Kumari (left) during the protest outside Bokaro deputy commissioner’s office on Wednesday. Picture by Pankaj Singh
Vindhyavasini Kumari needs to get heard.
The 24-year-old kabaddi world cup gold medallist, whose “satisfactory” meeting with chief minister Hemant Soren on January 21 did not bag her any state job or cash reward, sat on a dharna in Bokaro on Wednesday from 9.30am.
She was not alone.
Sitting in solidarity outside Bokaro deputy commissioner’s office in Sector I were Vindhyavasini’s younger sisters Amrita and Hemlata, mother Indu Bala and around 35 other sportspersons.
Vindhyavasini demanded three things — a state job, Rs 10 lakh that was promised by former chief minister Arjun Munda and a monthly scholarship of Rs 10,000, guaranteed by former Bokaro deputy commissioner Sunil Kumar.
After five hours, the sportswoman finally got a chance to meet DC Uma Shankar Singh. The girl then handed him over a memorandum to Singh.
Later, Vindhyavasini told The Telegraph that the deputy commissioner promised to do his best. “He told me he would send his recommendations to the chief minister’s office,” she added.
The kabaddi champ recalled that when she met Hemant in Ranchi with her demand of a state job on January 21, the chief minister had asked for 10 days’ time.
Those 10 days are over.
Vindhyavasini was part of Team India that won gold in the first women’s Kabaddi World Cup in Patna on March 4, 2012, defeating Iran 25-19.
Soon after the win, the then chief minister Arjun Munda had announced a job for the kabaddi champ, besides Rs 10 lakh in cash.