When new-age love came to Dutee Chand’s village
What do those in Dutee Chand’s village in eastern Odisha think about the ace sprinter’s same-sex relationship?
Bhubaneswar: To the world far away, it was an important moment in India’s LGBTQ+ movement and the country’s sports history. Closer home, the story is very different. Those who have seen her grow up, and taken pride in her achievements, are suddenly uncomfortable associating with her… some even embarrassed. In Dutee Chand’s village—Chaka Gopalpur, about 90 kilometres from Bhubaneswar—people are talking about the “news" in hushed tones. They’d rather not discuss it because they think the ace sprinter has become too big a name now, and their opinion wouldn’t matter to her. But within the safety of their private spaces, they express their disappointment about such a “distasteful revelation".
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