NEW DELHI: In a huge embarrassment to India, Switzerland’s No. 1 junior squash player Ambre Allinckx skips the 2018 World Junior Squash Championships because her parents fear ‘India is unsafe for women’.
According to reports in the New Indian Expres, 16-year-old Allinckx’s parents did not want her to make a trip to India to participate in the tournament that is currently underway in Chennai because of safety concerns.
“Ambre Allinckx is our top-ranked women’s player. She couldn’t make it because her parents did not want. They have been reading reports on the internet about how unsafe India is for women and didn’t want to take the risk of sending their daughter over. However, we have not experienced any disturbance so far,” said Pascal Bhurin, coach of the Switzerland team.
There are also reports that teams from Iran, Australia and the United States of America too have been advised not to venture out alone and dress conservatively.
Andrew Shelley, Chief Executive, World Squash Federation (WSF) responded to the report too, he told TOI:
“Of course the views and choice of every parent must be fully respected. However, there are over 250 players and officials from 28 countries, including a full squad from Switzerland. Like the WSF, they all have complete confidence with the security arrangements made by Tamil Nadu Squash Rackets Association at the Championship Hotel and playing venues to ensure the safety of the players at this event.”
The incident sparked outrage on Twitter:
Swiss Number 1 squash player refused to travel India, skips World Championship in Chennai
Anti-National media reporting She was scared of her safety.
(Thomson Reuters report named, India as world's most dangerous country for women).
Jaitley gives 👇👇👇 the real reason: https://t.co/rgb5ky9HnE
— सीधी-बात (@nikhilesh01) July 21, 2018
So ironic — Chennai is one of the safest places in the world for women, probably safer than Switzerland. But a bad image travels faster&wider than the truth. We must restore the world's faith in India's respect for women. And the responsibility starts with the Govt. #BetiBachao https://t.co/C0XwTWRyNJ
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) July 20, 2018
Also give answers
Y india is most unsafe vfor woman in world?
Y world no.1 junior squash player refuse to visit India?
All answers were NATAK and DRAMA by BJP?
BHAKTO ko HIRNAYAKAHYAP ki Vijay dkhti hai
— Mohit Jain (@MohitJa81677934) July 21, 2018
Modi & India Rising on World Stage
Swiss Squash Player Ambre Allinckx skips World Junior Squash Championship in Chennai Bcoz India is UnSafe for Women#ModiLiesInParliament #NewIndia #Switzerland #JannKiBaat #SaveIndia #BharatBachao #NoConfidenceMotion #WahModiJiWah pic.twitter.com/MPWzA80pzY
— Shriraj Kesariya (@_shriraj) July 21, 2018
Swiss Squash player refuses to travel to India for the World Championship citing security reasons. #Modi Sarkar's unwillingness to protect women & support for rapists is causing India tremendous embarrasment on the global stage! #BJP_भगाओ_देश_बचाओ
— Shama Mohamed (@drshamamohd) July 21, 2018