Edited By: Vivek Ganapathy
Last Updated: January 19, 2023, 17:28 IST
For a second straight day, elite Indian wrestlers continued their protest in entrance of the Jantar Mantar in opposition to the WFI and the federation’s president Brij Bhusan Sharan Singh.
Big-name grapplers akin to Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik headlined the protest which shocked the nation as Phogat alleged that the WFI president has been sexually harassing feminine wrestlers.
The wrestlers stated that they are going to lodge an FIR in opposition to WFI President on Friday if the Federation will not be disbanded.
“Today is the 2nd day of protest and we haven’t received any passable response from the govt.”, Phogat said on Thursday.
“We will make sure Brij Bhushan Singh resigns & is jailed. We will also file a case”, the three-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Phogat asserted.
Earlier within the day, wrestler and BJP chief Babita Phogat, cousin sister of Vinesh, met the protestors with a message from the federal government and warranted that the wrestlers’ calls for will likely be met.
“I’ll attempt to get the answer. I’m a wrestler first after which a political particular person. I do know their ache and I’ll attempt to get the answer that the wrestlers need,” Babita stated.
Geeta Phogat, the eldest member of the famous Phogat sisters, a dynastical wrestling family, threw her support behind the wrestlers too.
A group of protestors then met with the sports secretary receiving a call from the Union Sports Ministry.
But Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik said, “The government did not promise any action, they have only given assurance and we’re not happy with the response, we request PM sir to ensure justice”.
Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Bajrang Punia revealed that “5-6 ladies wrestlers are there with us who’ve confronted these atrocities and we now have proof to show it.”
The protest took the nation by storm as it garnered widespread attention to the plight of the wrestlers who were experiencing treatment of dictatorial nature by the Wrestling Federation of India.
The Delhi Commission for Women issued a notification to the Sports Ministry and the WFI following the allegations of sexual harassment of women by the president of the federation.
On Wednesday, the Sports Ministry had demanded a response on the same from the WFI before the completion of 72 hours.
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