Taking note of an eight months old complaint, Haryana police has booked Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh for making a casteist slur against Indian cricketer and former chess player, Yuzvendra Chahal.
The complaint was filed in June 2020 by a Hisar-based Dalit activist Rajan Kalsan alleging that Yuvraj Singh made casteist slur against the Chahal during an online Instagram live session with fellow cricketer Rohit Sharma in April 2020 which degraded and defamed the Dalit community.
Yuvraj Singh has been booked under various relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
Following a huge backlash over social media, Yuvraj Singh later come out with an apology stating,
“This is to clarify I have never believed in any kind of disparity, be it on the lines 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.
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.”