Award-winning para-swimmer Prasanta Karmakar suspended for misbehavior
Award-winning para-swimmer Prasanta Karmakar has been suspended for three years by the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI).
Karmakar was allegedly found recording videos of female swimmers during an event in Jaipur in 2017. He has been accused of misbehaviour and misconduct.
The alleged incident took place during the National Para Swimming Championship, which was held in Jaipur from 31 March to 3 April 2017.
As per reports, Karmakar gave a camera to one of his associates and asked him to record the videos of female swimmers during the event.
The parents of the female swimmers objected to the recording. They also made a complaint.
The Chairman of the PCI investigated the matter. He allegedly found that the Karmakar was making video films of the swimmers. He continued to do this even after the families of the swimmers objected.
Karmakar told the parents he was an Arjuna Award winner. He apparently refused to delete the video recordings.
Karmakar was arrested by the police. He was released after he agreed to delete the videos and photos.
Karmakar is the first disabled swimmer to represent India at the World Swimming Championship and winnng a medal. He was also India's swimming team coach at the 2016 Rio Paralympic games.
The PCI has also recommended to his employer that strict action be taken against him. Karmakar works with the Haryana Sports Department.