Khap Panchayats and protesting wrestlers have jointly issued a 10-day ultimatum to the Central government, demanding immediate action against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the chief of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) for allegations of sexual harassment against him.
Around 250 khaps from Haryana, Rajasthan, and western Uttar Pradesh, along with hundreds of farmers, gathered in support of the protesting wrestlers at Jantar Mantar. The wrestlers will lead the protest while receiving support from the khaps and farmers’ unions.
Surendra Solanki, the President of Palam khap in Delhi, said,
“In today’s (Sunday’s) meeting between khaps, wrestlers and farmers unions, we have given 10 days time to take action against Singh and if this does not happen, then we will meet again and the protest will be on a higher scale.”
“Every day, one khap and its members will participate in a peaceful sit-in protest at Jantar Mantar. The course of action will be determined by the wrestlers, and we will follow their instructions.”
Top Indian wrestlers such as Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik, and Vinesh Phogat held a candle march at 7 p.m. to further strengthen the protest. The ongoing protest by wrestlers follows a previous protest in January this year, demanding action against Singh.
The Delhi Police filed two FIRs last week after the Supreme Court took up the issue. However, the wrestlers and their supporters feel that authorities have not taken significant action to address their grievances.