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‘It’s been 3 months…’: Wrestlers resume protests against Brij Bhushan Singh, allege sexual harassment (VIDEO)

They have alleged sexual assault of a minor and have demanded a probe under POCSO Act.




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New Delhi: Indian wrestlers have returned to Jantar Mantra to protest against BJP leader and former WFI chief Brij Bhushan Singh. They have alleged sexual assault of a minor and have demanded a probe under POCSO Act. They returned to protest as they mentioned that their demands have gone unheard and had received no response even after two-and-a-half months.

Big faces like Olympic bronze medallists Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik, along with two-time World Championships bronze medallist Vinesh Phogat are leading the protests.

Talking to the media, Punia and Vinesh Phogat mentioned that they went through mental torture and it is about respect for women athletes. They said that they did not receive any response from the Sports Ministry in the past three months.

Sakshi Malik said that seven girls including a minor have complained at CP PS against Brij Bhushan Singh regarding sexual harassment but they are yet to file a complaint. The wrestlers demanded POCSO Act be imposed. Sakshi and Vinesh also broke down during the conversation with the media.

Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chief Swati Maliwal issued a notice to Delhi Police for reportedly failing to register FIR in the matter. The notice that the wrestlers have complained to the Commission and have given a written complaint to Delhi Police regarding the sexual harassment but an FIR has not been registered. Talking about the same, Vinesh said that they resumed the protest as they did not get justice. She also thanked DCW for their support.

Earlier this year, wrestlers gathered on Jantar Mantar to protest against sexual harassment instances and the corrupt behaviour of the then WFI chief Brij Bhushan Singh. Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur ensured them that the ministry will enquire about the matter and help them.