As the Indian players headed home from the recently concluded 21st Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast there were reports that some of them did not get the welcome they deserved. Pictures were around that India’s teenage shooting prodigy Manu Bhaker, who made the entire country proud by winning the women’s 10m air pistol gold medal, on her return home to Haryana, was made to sit on the floor instead of a grand welcome. The picture clearly shows while the shooting prodigy was sitting down, the VVIPs occupied the chairs at the ceremony. At her home, a felicitation ceremony was organised for the 16-year-old. But she was barely making any marks there and had to be moved to the ground when some VVIPs arrived.
However, Manu is reported to be miffed with the news circulating and she stated that she was not insulted during the felicitation ceremony held in Dadri on Tuesday.
“I have not been insulted. My village elders came and I stood up. What does a normal person do when they meet their elders? Do they keep sitting? If I sat in front of them on the ground, I did nothing wrong,” said Manu, the TOI reported.
The shooter also criticized the media for such wrong propaganda. “Why do journalists go to any extent to create a sensational news? This I believe they do when they can’t get a story. Such type of wrong propaganda should be stopped,” said Bhaker.
#CWG2018 Gold Medalist Manu Bhaker shamed in Haryana. The 16-year-old was called for a felicitation ceremony but later was made to sit on the ground after VVIPs arrived | #MedalistShownTheFloor pic.twitter.com/cLBQcgjy4c
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Manu’s father Ramkishan Bhaker was also furious and said, “Such reporting should be banned. We give respect to our elders and this is what my daughter has done too. She was not insulted. Don’t add misery to what she has got for this country. Learn to respect your elders like Manu does. Salute her and don’t point fingers at her or the people who felicitated her.”
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