In an early morning flash strike, women residing at the sports hostel inside the Chamundi Vihar Stadium protested against the pathetic living conditions. The protest began at 6:30 am and students shouted slogans against the department of Youth Service and Sports that runs the hostel.
The protestors told reporters that the hostel, housing over 82 women, lacked basic facilities. There has been no regular water supply since the last 15 days and the washrooms and toilets have turned filthy. “We don’t get water regularly and the situation has turned from bad to worse since a fortnight. Many times we have complained to the authorities but they have been dilly dallying the issues,” a student said.
The Chamundi Vihar Sports Complex which comprises the women’s sports hostel trains women in various sporting events like basketball, volleyball, athletics and hockey. Besides being trained in sporting events, women also pursue their pre-university, degree and PG courses at institutions away from the sports complex.
These sportswomen represent the University of Mysore in various district, state and national level sports meets.
“We are expected to perform at state and national levels. For this, we are told to watch others play on television. Unfortunately, most of the time there is no power and we are forced to spend our time in the dark,” another student alleged.
Apart from lack of basic facilities, there is a problem of security. “There is a free entry for outsiders inside the stadium and often outsiders trouble us during practice sessions. Sometimes it becomes scary as there is no power and it is pitch dark near our rooms,” a student said.
The protest was later withdrawn following the visit by Department of Youth Service and Sports’ Assistant Director Suresh. Speaking to the protestors, Suresh assured speedy measures to solve their problems.