Last Updated: January 20, 2023, 15:06 IST
DCW chief Swati Maliwal raised a query on Friday as to why the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president has not been requested to resign, within the wake allegations of sexual harassment levelled towards him by feminine wrestlers.
Celebrated Indian wrestlers, together with Olympic medallists Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik and world championship medallist Vinesh Phogat, are staging a sit-in protest on the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi for the final two days towards WFI president and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, accusing him of sexual exploitation and intimidation.
“It has been 72 hours for the reason that protest was launched by the Indian wrestlers. Why has the WFI president’s resignation not been sought? Why is an FIR not being registered in reference to the sexual harassment allegations? Why is the sports activities minister not making efforts to finish the protest? Till when will the pleasure of the nation sit on the road like this?” Maliwal requested in a tweet in Hindi.
पहलवानों के धरने को 72 घंटे हो चुके हैं!- क्यों अब तक WFI प्रेसिडेंट का इस्तीफ़ा नहीं माँगा गया ?
– क्यों यौन शोषण के आरोपों की जाँच के लिए FIR दर्ज नहीं की जा रही ?
– क्यों खेल मंत्री खिलाड़ियों का धरना नहीं ख़त्म करवा रहे ?
कब तक ऐसे देश का गौरव सड़कों पर बैठेगा ?
— Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) January 20, 2023
Led by Phogat and Punia, the protesting wrestlers, including Sakshi Malik, Anshu Malik, Ravi Dahiya and Sarita Mor, met Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur at his residence here on Thursday night and demanded speedy action in the matter. The two sides were involved in a marathon meeting that ended around 2 am, with the parties failing to find a tangible solution.
The wrestlers refused to back down from their demand that the government initiate immediate steps to disband the WFI.
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