The Board of Cricket Control of India’s (BCCI) Ombudsman DK Jain directed Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and opener KL Rahul to pay a fine of Rs 20 lakh each for their sexist comments on TV show, Koffee with Karan.
In the order published on the BCCI website, Jain wrote that Pandya and KL Rahul have to pay a sum of Rs 1 lakh to each of the most deserving widows of ten constables in para-military forces who have lost their lives while on duty through the medium of ‘Bharat Ke Veer App’. They have also been asked to deposit a sum of Rs 10 lakh in a fund created by the Cricket Association for the blind.
“Taking into consideration all these aspects, in particular that the player has tendered an apology for the incident without seeking to justify his action, has acknowledged his duty to the society and expressed his willingness to hold himself to higher standards expected of him and has missed out five ODIs; in the interest of justice and fair play, in order to purge his collective indiscretion, it would suffice if the player is directed to…” read the order by Justice Jain before listing out the two donations asked of them.
The Ombudsman has also said that if both the players fail to do so within four weeks from the date of the receipt of the order, the Board of Control for Cricket in India might deduct the said amount from the match fees payable to the players.
The Ombudsman noted that the players had already missed out on earning of about Rs 30 lakh as they had been sent back from the tour of Australia. But he also noted that cricketers in the country are role models and their act should be befitting the status they have acquired.
At the chat show, the allrounder had made several comments that left the fans shocked. Speaking to the host Karan Johar, the 26-year-old shared details such as “When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, “Main karke aya hai aaj (I had sex today)” and “At a party my parents asked me acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai[who is your interest here?] so I said yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women) and they were like waah proud of u beta.”
Hardik Pandya : When i lost my virginity, i told them, “Mai Aj kar kay aya ho” pic.twitter.com/6HfX0zRWHy
— Thakur (@ThakurHassam) January 6, 2019
After facing heat from social media, Hardik apologized for his behaviour as well.
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) January 9, 2019