Dipika Pallikal, India’s leading squash player has taken a stand against discriminatory cash prizes by pulling out of the National Squash tournament for the fourth year in a row.
“The reason is the same why I haven’t played in the last three years. I feel we deserve equal pay like most of the tournaments which are becoming equal prize money on the PSA professional circuit,” Pallikal, the sole Indian to break into World’s top-10, told PTI.
In this tournament, where the male winner stands to receive INR 1, 20, 000, a female winner stands to win less than half the amount, at INR 50,000.
Dipika has shown great courage in taking this step. She has sparked a debate about equal pay in the country.
“If women have started getting equal prize money at professional tournaments around the word, why can’t the same happen in India?”Pallikal questioned.
For years and decades, Women have fought for equal pay in all sectors. But, most women have had to settle for lesser pay than their male counterparts, so that they could have a decent career. Highly successful actresses, models, business women, athletes, all keep their head down and settle for lesser pay.
Most world class sports have equal pay and it’s high time that the National Squash tournament adopts it now.
We hope that Dipika’s step ushers us in to a new era of Equal pay for Equal work!