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Vinesh-Sakshi open front against WFI with Bajrang Punia, said- sexual harassment of women wrestlers happening for years

Wrestlers protest against WFI President at Jantar Mantar in Delhi.

Wrestlers protest against WFI President at Jantar Mantar in Delhi.

Many wrestlers including Indian wrestlers Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik have opened a front against the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president. They allege that WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh not only mentally tortures but is also sexually harassing women wrestlers. According to the allegations, sexual harassment of women wrestlers is not happening today or tomorrow but for years. Many female wrestlers also complained about this, but nothing happened.

A protest is being held against the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) President at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar. Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia sitting on the dharna said that we are registering a protest against the WFI. We are opposing those policies, which are against the interests of wrestlers. He clarified that many people would link this with politics, but this matter has nothing to do with politics. He said that we want that there should be a change in the federation.

Wrestler Vinesh said that after the defeat in the Tokyo Olympics, the WFI president called me a fake coin and tortured me mentally. She said that due to the remarks of the Speaker, she went under stress and started thinking of ending her life. He said that if anything happens to any wrestler, the responsibility should be on the WFI president. He said that the Federation gets angry if someone drinks water. He said that such behavior should be stopped.

WFI secretary reached to meet wrestlers

WFI Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar came to meet the wrestlers sitting on the dharna. He said that the wrestlers had written a letter to the WFI president. After this, it was learned that the wrestlers are sitting on a dharna. I have come to listen to their demands. Please tell that WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh has been elected Lok Sabha member six times so far. He is the BJP MP from Kaiserganj Lok Sabha seat in Bahraich district of UP.

Brijbhushan said – I did not harass anyone

WFI President Brij Bhushan said that I have not harassed any wrestler. The allegations leveled by the players are false. He said that after the study, the Federation made the rules and all the players were also informed about it. He said that he had come to Delhi as soon as he came to know about the performance by the wrestlers. He said which player I have not sexually harassed. The allegations of harassment made by the wrestlers are totally wrong. If someone is harassed, then he should come forward. He further said that some wrestlers did not want to give trials. If there was a problem for 10 years, then what were you doing till now. He says that the Federation has not sexually harassed anyone. When any new rules are brought, then there is a problem. He said that no case like sexual harassment has happened, if it happens then I will hang myself.

These wrestlers are sitting on dharna

Many wrestlers from Haryana including Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik, Sombir Rathi, Rahul Mann, Sarita Mor, Amit Dhankhar, Sujit Mann, Anshu Malik, Satyavrat Kadyan have staged a sit-in. Bajrang Punia has urged the government to pay attention to the demands of the wrestlers.

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