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India’s Sprinter Dutee Chand says she’s in same-sex relationship with ‘soulmate’

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Odisha’s Dutee Chand is the 100 m record holder and winner of two silver medals at the 2018 Asian Games. Dutee is the first Indian sports star to acknowledge being in a same-sex relationship.

She said that she has found a soulmate, a girl from her hometown whom she has known for a few years. Dutee Chand, the 100 m record holder and winner of two silver medals at the 2018 Asian Games, is the first Indian sports star to acknowledge being in a same-sex relationship. The famous Indian Sprinter is 23 & did not identify her partner because she does not want her to become “the center of undue attention”.

She is currently training hard to qualify for the World Championships and the Tokyo Olympics next year, so any plans of formalizing the relationship have been put off for later.

Dutee said in an interview with Sunday Express – “I have found someone who is my soulmate. I believe everyone should have the freedom to be with whoever they decide they want to be with. I have always supported the rights of those who want to be in a same-sex relationship. It is an individual person’s choice. Currently, my focus is on the World Championships and the Olympic Games but in the future, I would like to settle down with her,”

She said she had gathered the courage to speak out for the rights of the LGBT community, and about her own same-sex relationship after the Supreme Court’s historic decision to decriminalize Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code last year.

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