Supreme Court to hear the case of sexual harassment against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh today

The wrestlers have been sleeping and training at the protest location Jantar Mantar in the national capital for the past four days
Photo : News Drum
Photo : News Drum

Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Singh on Thursday issued a personalized video claiming he would wish to embrace death the day he feels helpless amid further protests and a sit-in by Indian wrestlers demanding action against him for an alleged case of sexual harassment.

Friends, I would wish for death since I won't be living a life like that if I reflect on what I've gained or lost and feel that I don't have the strength to battle any longer. I would prefer that death embrace me rather than living such a life, Brij Bhushan,” said in the video.

The nation’s top wrestlers such as Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik, and Bajrang Punia, among many others, are protesting at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar since the 23rd of April. Their demand is that an FIR should be registered against BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

The wrestlers should have addressed the organization sooner rather than marching to the streets to demonstrate against the president of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI),” said PT Usha, the president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), on Thursday.

“IOA (Indian Olympic Association) has a commission to handle sexual harassment claims. They (the protesting wrestlers) might have come to us sooner rather than turning to the streets. However, they didn't. This is detrimental to our sports. They need to have displayed some restraint," Usha told the press.

Protesting Wrestlers participated in a candle march at Jantar Mantar
Protesting Wrestlers participated in a candle march at Jantar MantarPhoto : PTI

The IOA president's remarks incited outrage from the protesting wrestlers, who referred to them as "insensitive".

The wrestlers have been sleeping and training at the protest location Jantar Mantar in the national capital for the past four days. They even staged a candlelight protest against the president of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) on Wednesday at Jantar Mantar.

Sakshi Malik told the reporters, "We implore PM Modi to hear our Mann Ki Baat. Smriti Irani-ji herself does not pay attention to us. By participating in this candlelight march, we hope to draw their attention.

Delhi Police says a preliminary inquiry required before lodging an FIR

Wrestlers say that they are only counting on Supreme Court for justice as despite filing a complaint against the WFI chief no FIR has been lodged in the matter.

Before the Supreme Court on Wednesday, the Delhi Police argued that a preliminary investigation would be required before filing an FIR against WFI president Brij Bhushan Singh on charges of sexual harassment. The Delhi Police informed the court that they believed several matters required a preliminary investigation. However, it made it clear that if the court orders it to do so, it will not hesitate to file an FIR right after.

The case will be heard today, according to a bench presided over by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud, and the court will review all of the evidence. In response to the wrestler's request for an expedited hearing on a petition seeking the registration of an FIR against WFI president Brij Bhushan, the Supreme Court on Tuesday served notice to Delhi Police.

The court took notice of the significant accusations made in the petition by Indian wrestlers.

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) will establish an ad-hoc committee to manage the day-to-day operations of the organization, including the selection of athletes and making entries for the participation of players in international events, within 45 days of its formation, according to an announcement issued on Monday from the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

This committee will continue to work in the interim until a new Executive Committee assumes over.

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