Sri Lanka's 1996 World Cup wining captain Arjuna Ranatunga accused of harassment

A flight attendant opened up about the incident in #MeToo movement.

Arjuna Ranatunga | GETTY

The #MeToo movement in India has caught fire and women are coming out with their harassment incident from the past. There are few big names as well who are accused of harassment. 

Recently, an Indian flight attendant made allegations against former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga of sexually harassing her at a hotel in Mumbai.

She took Facebook to share her story and revealed how the 1996 World Cup winning Lankan captain Ranatunga had grabbed the woman by her waist. When she complained about it in the hotel reception and complained about the cricketer's actions, they replied, "It is your private matter."

"My star struck colleague spotted Indian and Sri Lankan cricketers in the elevator of Hotel Juhu Centaur, Mumbai and decided to meet them in their room for autographs. I decided to chaperone her, fearing for her safety, we were offered drinks (perhaps laced) I declined and stuck to my bottle of water I'd brought along. They were 7 and we 2, they latched the room door putting the chain securely. My discomfort growing inside of me, I urged her to get back to our room.

"She was smitten and wanted to go for a stroll by the poolside, this was at 1900 hrs, the walk to the pool a desolate, unlit pathway at the back of the hotel, I look back to find (her friend) and the Indian cricketer nowhere in sight.

"Ranatunga grabs me by the waist, sliding his hands along the side of my breasts, I scream fearing the worst, kicking on his legs and feet. Threatening him of dire consequences, passport cancellation, reporting it to the cops etc., for he is a Sri Lankan misbehaving with an Indian. Wasting no time, I dashed for the hotel reception a good run on an incline screaming on top of my voice. The reception said, "it is your private matter" and that they can't help me," the woman wrote in her Facebook post. In the same Facebook post, she has also opened up about a few other incidents that happened with her.


By Sihyeu Singh - 10 Oct, 2018

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