Wrestlers Move SC Seeking FIR Against WFI President in Sexual Harassment Case
Speaking to media representatives on Monday, they stated that despite it having been three days since the complaint was made, no FIRs had been filed.
“We prefer that it be filed fairly. They stated, “We desire membership on the oversight committee.
Leading Indian wrestlers, including Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik, requested a first information report (FIR) against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) head Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh on Monday in response to allegations that he had harassed female athletes.
The action was taken a day after the wrestlers resumed their protest at Jantar Mantar in January over allegations of Singh’s sexual misbehavior and their demand for the organization to take action against them.
Speaking to media representatives on Monday, they stated that despite it having been three days since the complaint was made, no FIRs had been filed. “We prefer that it be filed fairly. They stated, “We want status on the oversight committee.
On Friday, seven female wrestlers filed accusations against the WFI president, charging him with criminal intimidation and sexual harassment.
Following the protest in January, the Union sports ministry announced the creation of a ‘oversight committee’ under the direction of boxer Mary Com to look into the accusations made against the WFI CEO and other coaches at the organization.
Following separate complaints made by female wrestlers at the Connaught Place police station on Friday, the Delhi police requested the committee formed by the ministry to look into the claims on Monday.
Seven wrestlers have accused Singh of abusing them sexually between 2012 and 2022, according to a senior police officer. According to officials, police have requested the committee’s report in response to the allegations.
The WFI president, who is also a six-term Lok Sabha member from Kaiserganj, Uttar Pradesh, has been accused by female wrestlers on numerous occasions of sexual assault at his home as well as during competitions.
“According to their charges, the harassment occurred four times at Brij Bhushan’s MP house on Ashoka Road.
They claimed that they had experienced sexual harassment while competing in international competitions outside of India.
We have requested the reports of the investigation committee from the ministry of sports, the officer stated on the condition of anonymity.
After tangible evidence is discovered, the officer stated, FIRs will be filed.
The wrestlers asked the Union sports ministry make statements made by female wrestlers in a sting operation to a private TV channel public during the continuing protest in April.
Punia told ANI that she had read an article in which one of the committee members claimed that the report had been delivered to the minister of sports without his signature.
The participant also expressed opposition to the report. How can we trust a report if a committee member who was not engaged in its submission disagrees with it?
“We were not even informed that the report was submitted to the ministry,” he continued.
According to sources, Punia added that this time, “all parties are welcome” to join them and that they won’t let up until the BJP MP is subjected to punishment.
In order to get police intervention, the complainants also went to the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW).
In the meantime, Delhi police have reportedly received a notice from DCW chief Swati Maliwal for failing to file FIRs in the case. By April 25, the DCW has asked for a thorough report on the steps that have been done.
The DCW chief posted on Twitter that several female wrestlers from throughout the nation had filed a sexual harassment case against the WFI President at the Connaught Place Police Station two days prior.
Additionally, one of the complainants is a minor. The Delhi Police has not yet filed a FIR in connection with the incident. It’s illegal to do this. have sent a warning about this to the police. requesting a response from the DCW in 48 hours.
According to sources, the government has postponed the elections for the wrestling federation and would ask the Indian Olympic Association to oversee the situation until then or form a team of administrators.