Fighters Protest: ‘Sexual Harassment Laws Are Being Misused’, Says Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh | More Sports News – trendswire
Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh has been accused of sexually harassing young fighters, including a minor. Thousands of supporters of the fighters held a protest by candlelight on Tuesday from Jantar Mantar to India Gate under heavy security, marking a month of turmoil by fighters against Brij Bhushan.
“There are some flaws in the law. These laws are being misused. It’s not just in my case. You could get (ask) someone in your neighborhood who is facing these laws. The law was made with good intentions, but it is being used misused by people as a weapon against those with whom they have problems of any kind,” Brij Bhushan told reporters in Ayodhya on Friday.
He also said that when the protest began, the key demand of the fighters was that he resign from his position as head of WFI at 4 pm that day.
“But now, the protest is also against Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi, Yogi (Adityanath). The Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party and the ‘tukde tukde gang’ have come together. The protests reached Punjab and from there, to Canada. Protest against me in Canada, no sense?” he added he.
“They should have returned home after the Delhi Police registered an FIR. This is not their (wrestlers) agitation anymore. Some more people are involved and they are cheating the wrestlers. Like Bajrang Punia he had said that if you know how to bow your head to someone, you know how to behead someone. What kind of language is this? Whose head do you want to cut off? You used to respect Brij Bhushan a while back, you used to touch his feet and now you look at his language,” he added.
indian wrestler vine phogat said the wrestlers have decided to hold a women’s Maha Panchayat in front of the new Parliament building on May 28.
“We have decided to hold a peaceful women’s Maha Panchayat in front of the new Parliament building on May 28,” he said.
Several ace fighters including Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malikthey have been protesting at the Jantar Mantar accusing Brij Bhushan of sexual harassment and demanding his arrest.
On May 19, the wrestlers marched from Jantar Mantar to Bangla Sahib Gurudwara in New Delhi on the 25th day of their protest.
Two separate FIRs were registered on April 28 following the High Court’s notice to the Delhi Police about the guilty plea entered by the wrestlers.
Earlier, on April 24, the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports announced that the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) will form an ad-hoc committee to hold elections for the WFI Executive Committee within 45 days of the their training, to manage day-to-day affairs of the organization, including the selection of athletes and the registration for the participation of players in international events.
This committee will be functioning for an interim period until a new Executive Committee takes office.
Delhi police have filed a status report on the application filed by female fighters in an alleged sex offense against Brij Bhushan.
The court was also informed that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed to investigate the matter.
Earlier this year, in January, prominent wrestlers came forward to lead a protest against the WFI chief, after which Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur announced the formation of a “committee supervision” to investigate the allegations against WFI, Brij. Bhushan and some trainers. Indian Wrestling Federation Under Secretary Vinod Tomar is also named as a defendant in the FIR.
The movement has gained support from opposition parties and farmers’ unions, with many people expressing concern over alleged sexual harassment.