Controversy erupted in SAI hostel of Cuttack‘s Barabati stadium with a minor girl athlete on Wednesday accusing her athletics coach of beating her and sexually harassing her.

The girl, who was admitted at the hostel located inside Cuttack’s Barabati stadium six months ago, in her complaint said she was constantly being harassed by the coach. “Today the girl had an altercation with some male athletes of the hostel, following which the coach thrashed her before others,” Satpathy said, quoting the FIR. Ray, 50, who has coached international athletes like Dutee Chand in the past, said he was hurt by such allegations. “I have always treated her as my daughter,” he said.

The Cuttack SAI hostel incident comes five months after four budding athletes of the sports body’s Allapuzha centre of Kerala entered into a suicide pact to escape their “mental agony”. A 16-year-old junior-level national rowing champion died after consuming a poisonous fruit.