A day after Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik accused Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh of sexual harassment, Bajrang Punia stated on the Jantar Mantar wrestlers protest, “Yesterday, Brij Bhushan said that even if a The girl came forward saying that she was sexually assaulted, I will hang myself. Yesterday there were two such girls, now five-six are ready who have proof.”
“Yesterday, he (Brij Bhushan) said only 3 per cent were with us, but now you can see that the whole group of wrestlers is here,” stated the Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist.
“Today I got a call from wrestlers from Kerala who said they too faced harassment,” admitted three-time Commonwealth Games gold medalist Vinesh Phogat, who was current together with lots of of different wrestlers at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar on Thursday.
She additional added, “If wrestlers representing the country have to face this kind of harassment then you can imagine how unsafe women are in India.” “If there isn’t any answer and world medalists and Olympians usually are not being believed then it’s unhappy. The allegations made by us are true. If we’re pressured to, we’re even able to file an FIR towards the WFI chief. The WFI president has put an finish to wrestling in UP due to his strategies and sexual harassment.
Vinesh, who gained gold within the final three Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Gold Coast and Birmingham, additionally stated it could be ‘unlucky’ if ladies concerned in sexual harassment incidents have to return ahead.
He stated, ‘Don’t pressure us to call however there are some ladies who’re prepared to speak. It might be unlucky for the game of wrestling if ladies have to return ahead and provides their names and discuss sexual harassment.
Responding to the allegations leveled on Wednesday, WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh denied it and advised reporters, “Is anyone saying that WFI sexually harassed a wrestler? Vinesh has said it. What Has anyone come forward and said that he personally has been sexually assaulted? Even if a wrestler comes forward and says he has been sexually assaulted, that day I can be hanged.”
On Thursday, Vinesh stated, “I heard about the President’s resignation in a few days, but I am telling you that we will make him resign.”
Joining the protest have been Chhatrasal trainee and Tokyo Olympics silver medalist wrestler Ravi Dahiya, 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medalist and BJP chief Babita Phogat, and Mahavir Singh Phogat, father and coach of the Phogat sisters.
With inputs from TheIndianEXPRESS