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Sexual harassment cloud: Protesters search fortify of events and khaps, ask PM to interfere

IN THEIR renewed protest towards Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) leader and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, most sensible wrestlers, who spent Sunday evening at Jantar Mantar, sought the intervention of High Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. And, in a departure from their previous stand, additionally they rallied for fortify from political events, farmers’ organisations, ladies’s organisations and khaps.

All over their protest in January, the wrestlers had advised events to not give their protest a political color after senior CPI(M) chief Brinda Karat sought to turn fortify.

“Everyone seems to be welcome this time, be it BJP, Congress or Aam Aadmi Birthday celebration. After we win medals, we don’t fly any celebration’s flag – it’s concerning the Tricolour. We don’t belong to any celebration both; we belong to the rustic,” stated Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Bajrang Punia.

Looking for Modi’s intervention, he stated: “When avid gamers win medals, you stand with them. When they’re at the street, then you might be silent.”

The wrestlers have demanded that an FIR be registered towards Brij Bhushan following their police criticism final Friday, during which they accused him of sexual harassment and legal intimidation. A wrestler stated Brij Bhushan will have to be arrested underneath the POCSO (Coverage of Youngsters from Sexual Offences) Act, mentioning that one of the vital complainants is a minor.

Rio Olympics medallist Sakshi Malik alleged that Brij Bhushan was once “getting benefit as a result of he’s from the BJP”. “He has the facility of cash, (however) now we have the facility of reality,” she stated.

“We’re at the entrance foot. We’re at God’s mercy, however we wish to give protection to younger wrestlers,” stated International Championship medallist Vinesh Phogat. “Podium se footpath tak (Podium to footpath),” she tweeted, including that they spent the evening underneath the open skies within the “hope of having justice”.

The trio, who’re main the protest towards Brij Bhushan, stated they wouldn’t go away the protest website online till their calls for are met. They referred to as on farmers’ organisations, ladies’s organisation and khaps to fortify them.

The wrestlers additionally advised the federal government to expose the findings of the oversight committee headed via boxer M C Mary Kom, that was once set as much as glance into their allegations towards Brij Bhushan.

Talking to mediapersons, Sakshi Malik stated finishing their protest in January after receiving assurances from the federal government was once a “mistake”. “A committee was once shaped and we got a couple of assurances. We waited for months for the record, and now not a unmarried call for was once fulfilled. Seven ladies have sexual harassment circumstances towards Brij Bhushan, nonetheless no motion has been taken,” she stated.

“The oversight committee was once all the time biased towards us,” alleged Vinesh Phogat. Requested if that they had submitted the names of the wrestlers who have been allegedly sexually burdened via Brij Bhushan or supplied any proof to the committee, she responded: “Best the Best Court docket gets to grasp the id of the sufferers, now not Brij Bhushan. I will come up with an instance. Brij Bhushan had referred to as a girl wrestler to his room and attempted to impose himself on her, is that this now not sexual harassment?”

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