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Case against Indian Hockey player Varun Kumar for allegedly raping teen

Bengaluru: On Tuesday, an official said that Hockey player Varun Kumar has been accused of rape by a 21-year-old woman in Bengaluru. After the complaint of the woman, Gnanabharati police registered a case under POCSO against Varun Kumar, the defender of the Indian hockey team.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Bengaluru: On Tuesday, an official said that Hockey player Varun Kumar has been accused of rape by a 21-year-old woman in Bengaluru. After the complaint of the woman, Gnanabharati police registered a case under POCSO against Varun Kumar, the defender of the Indian hockey team.

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The woman – now 22 – alleged that Varun Kumar raped her several times over the last five years after promising her marriage. According to the FIR, Varun, who met her on social media, got physically intimate with her. The volleyball player, who was barely 17 years old then, had been promised marriage by the hockey player.

After being selected for volleyball in 2016-17, she underwent training in Sports Authority of India South Division. The woman alleged that Varun Kumar would have sex with her during his visit to Bengaluru’s Sai stadium for coaching camps. 

Varun Kumar is from Himachal Pradesh. He had been living in Punjab’s Jalandhar. Officials said “He is on the run and a search is on to trace him.” In her FIR, the woman alleged Varun took her to Jayanagar in Bengaluru on the pretext of dinner in the night and forced physical contact with her in 2019.

According to women, Varun had physical contact with her for five years from time to time. she said,”When my father died a year ago, he came to our house for the last time and never contacted me again.” He was part of the Indian contingent which won silver in the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games,

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He won gold in the 2022 Asian Games and bronze in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. After the Indian Hockey team won the bronze medal in Tokyo Olympics. The Himachal Pradesh government had announced a prize of Rs 1 lakh for him.

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