In a display of solidarity with the protesting wrestlers, numerous athletes, farmer leaders, students, and locals gathered for a candle march from Jantar Mantar to India Gate on Tuesday evening. Their collective voice called for the immediate arrest of Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the former Chief of WFI (Wrestling Federation of India), who is facing allegations of sexual harassment in two FIRs filed last month.
The candle march, marking one month of ongoing protests led by Olympians Sakshi Malik, Bajrang Punia, and Asian Games medallist Vinesh Phogat, saw a remarkable turnout of around 400-500 men, women, and children.
Addressing the crowd of hundreds, Malik said,
“This is the fight for India’s daughters. Be patient, we will win this fight.”
Meanwhile, Former Governor of Meghalaya Satya Pal Malik, who arrived in a wheelchair, said,
“Our daughters have been waiting for justice but nobody is helping them. Their demands are legitimate. The government must take action.”
Leaders from Bharatiya Kisan Union and supporters of the Bhim Army also extended their unwavering support to the cause, vowing to fight for justice. If their demands are not met, they declared their intent to organize another march on May 28.
Bhim Army chief Chandrasekhar Azad said,
“We are here protesting out of helplessness, not to celebrate something. It has been a month and our government isn’t ready to speak a word. This is the condition of our celebrated daughters. Imagine the plight of normal women and children.”
A farmer from Rohtak, Krishna Malik (68), said,
“ We will stay here like we did during the farmers’ protest. We can’t sit at home when our daughters are on the streets begging for justice.”
As the wrestling community and its supporters unite, the pressure on authorities has intensified to take prompt action against the accused former WFI Chief.