Manu Bhaker Clears The Air After ‘Humiliation’ of Sitting on Floor

Just two years after picking up a gun for the first time in her life, Manu Bhaker has already won a shooting World Cup gold and also finished on top of the podium at the 2018 Commonwealth Games with a new Games’ record score.

But just a day after returning to India following her big win, the 17-year-old was caught in the middle of a controversy extensively covered by English news channel Times Now. The CWG gold medalist has now called out the channel and simply asks, “Why do journalists go to any extent to create sensational news?”

Late on Monday evening, Times Now ‘broke’ the news that Manu Bhaker was forced to sit on the floor at a felicitation ceremony ‘in that particular place’ (also known as Charka Dadri in Haryana).

The ‘absolute shocker from Haryana,’ as the reporter on the phone recites, is that ‘the mindset really has been exposed’. The channel claims that Manu was made to sit on the floor. Showing two sets of pictures, they reported that the young shooter was first made to sit on a chair, “but when the SP and the senior officials came in, she was told to sit on the floor.”

Up in arms as they were, Manu Bhaker posted a video a few hours later, clarifying why she was sitting on the floor.

"I was sitting on the floor of my own volition. It is not that there weren’t chairs there, there were a lot of elders there and even my father was standing. That is why I sat on the floor. I happily sat on the floor myself. No one made me sit there." - Manu Bhaker

The Times of India also quoted Manu as saying, “I have not been insulted. My village elders came and I stood up. What does a normal person do when they meet their elders? Do they keep sitting? If I sat in front of them on the ground, I did nothing wrong.”

“Why do journalists go to any extent to create a sensational news? This I believe they do when they can’t get a story. Such type of wrong propaganda should be stopped,” added the 17-year-old.

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