The top wrestlers in the country, led by Sakshi Malik, Bajrang Punia, and Vinesh Phogat, raise their voices in protest against WFI Chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. The departing WFI president faces charges of stalking and sexual harassment by the Delhi Police.
Nonetheless, the POCSO case filed against the 66-year-old individual from Gonda was withdrawn by the minor and her father. Olympic medalist Sakshi Malik conveys her doubts about the way the case is being handled.
Seven female wrestlers, one of whom was a minor, have filed two FIRs against Brij Bhushan, one of which is under the POCSO Act. However, in an unexpected turn of events, the minor’s complaint was dropped, raising suspicions of threats against the complainant and her family.
“In the POCSO case, if Brij Bhushan was arrested when the minor’s statement was (first) recorded before a magistrate, then the minor would not have withdrawn the complaint.”
She also adds that the complaints from other girls would have also surfaced but are in hold with pressure and threats. Thus, the court will have to make a decision.
The wrestlers have put a halt to their protest on discussions with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, also put forth their demand that Brij Bhushan be imprisoned. Malik states that before deciding on a course of action, the legal team advocating on their behalf must carefully review the chargesheet submitted.
“If our legal team says it is a chargesheet that is strong and the case against Brij Bhushan can be fought in court, then there is hope for justice. Only if Brij Bhushan is arrested after the court hearings will women wrestlers who have been sexually harassed receive justice,” Malik explains.