A Month of Wrestlers' Protest: Agitators Mark it with a Candle March

A candlelight march from Jantar Mantar in the nation's capital to India Gate was organized on Tuesday evening by wrestlers protesting in Delhi over allegations of sexual assault by national federation president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.
A Month of Wrestlers' Protest: Agitators Mark it with a Candle March
Pic- Vipin Kumar

New Delhi— Tuesday, 23 May,  marked the one-month anniversary of the second phase of the protest, which is being spearheaded by three of the nation's top wrestlers, Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat, and Sakshi Mallik.

Students and faculty from Jawaharlal Nehru University supported the wrestlers earlier today in their protest march. Numerous students and instructors attended the solidarity event, according to JNU Students' Union President Aishe Ghosh.

Lie Detector Test

Brij Bhushan Singh, the president of the Wrestling Federation of India, has been charged with sexually harassing seven sportsmen, one of whom is a minor. On Sunday, Singh said he would be happy to submit to a polygraph test, sometimes known as a "lie detector," as long as Phogat and Punia, and other protesting wrestlers would also be subjected to it.

Singh, an Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha member of the Bharatiya Janata Party who has categorically refuted all allegations and asserted a "political conspiracy" against him, tweeted: "I am ready for a narco test, polygraph test, or lie detector test if the same test of Phogat and Punia is also conducted."

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The wrestlers responded angrily to the WFI chief's remark, saying they were also prepared for the test as long as it was overseen by the Supreme Court and broadcast live.

The wrestlers decided to carry out a march to India Gate in order to rally more significant opposition to the accusers and to mark their protests which had been taking place at the Jantar Mantar for a month. With candles and the tricolor in their hands, many people showed their support for the wrestlers.

Women Mahapanchayat on 28th

On May 28, the Khaap panchayat declared a tranquil women's Maha Panchayat in front of the new Parliament building, in support of the agitating wrestlers. 

The Supreme Court ordered Delhi Police to submit two separate FIRs in response to the protestors' demand that an FIR be registered against Brij Bhushan. The Delhi Police received instructions from the Supreme Court, which then terminated the investigation and instructed the wrestlers to take their claims before the Delhi High Court. Delhi Police is investigating the case.

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