Wrestlers protest against WFI Chief, moves to SC for support

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The Delhi Police started an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment leveled against Brij Bhushan Singh, the president of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). Many wrestlers staged their protest against WFI chief Brij Bhushan Singh for allegedly harassing female wrestlers.

According to ANI, police have requested a report from the Sports Ministry’s investigation committee.

As per the ANI reports, famous wrestlers like Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat, and Sakshi Malik, among others, filed a police complaint at Connaught Place police station on Friday (April 21). Brij Bhushan Singh, the WFI’s president, was allegedly accused of sexually harassing and exploiting seven female wrestlers, including a minor, according to the complaint.

The Delhi police stated that, it has received complaints regarding the allegations against WFI chief Brij Bhushan Singh and has started their investigation.

Bajarang Punia while speaking with the reports stated, Delhi: “This time, all parties are welcome to join our protest whether it is BJP, Congress, AAP or any other party…..we’re not affiliated with any party…”: Bajrang Punia, Olympic medalist on wrestlers’ protest against WFI chief Brij Bhushan Singh (ANI tweeted).

Indian Wrestlers protest against WFI chief

The wrestlers returned to Jantar Mantar three months after the women wrestlers sat on protests in January. They accused the WFI president and other coaches of sexual harassment.

The wrestlers sat on another protest on Sunday. They are claiming that pledges made to them had not been kept and that their requests were not being fulfilled despite promises.

Moreover, Punia added they don’t want this protest to take a political shape.

No FIR registered till now

We asked for directions for FIR to be filed against accused Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. Despite serious allegations of harassment, Delhi Police wasn’t filing the complaint. SC found the matter serious & issued notices to Delhi govt & Delhi Police: Wrestler’s advocate, ANI tweeted.

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