Delhi Police announced on April 28 that two FIRs had been filed against Bharatiya Janata Party MP and Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) Chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh regarding allegations of sexual harassment made by wrestlers. One FIR is under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, based on the complaint of a minor, and the other is for outraging a woman’s modesty and other charges based on the adult wrestlers’ complaints. Investigations are underway for both cases.
Since April 23, the nation’s top wrestlers have been protesting against the sidelined WFI chief, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, by sitting on a dharna in New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar. The wrestlers approached the Supreme Court to demand action against Singh, and the apex court called the allegations against him “serious,” warranting the court’s consideration. The registration of FIRs against Singh comes four days after the wrestlers moved the Supreme Court. The case has received national attention, and many are closely watching the developments.
“They are sitting in dharna. 7 women have complained and one is a minor. The FIRs have not been registered. The law of this court has been violated,” Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, representing the wrestlers, had told the court earlier.
Earlier, talking to Zee News in an exclusive interview, the WFI president said “I have complete faith in the judiciary. I will work with the Delhi Police on the case that will be filed against me. Whatever the Supreme Court decides, I will follow it.” The Delhi Police on Friday told the Supreme Court that they will register an FIR against Singh. Singh targeted the protesting wrestlers for not calling off their protests despite the Delhi police’s assurance of an FIR against him.
On being asked about the wrestler’s demand for a jail term for Singh, he said, “Why are they (wrestlers) still sitting protesting at Jantar Mantar after the police have decided to file an FIR against me. They clearly don’t have any faith in the Judiciary of the country.” Singh said that the entire country knows I have always worked towards the upliftment of wrestling and have taken it to new heights.
On the question of whether he will resign or not over allegations of sexual harassment, Singh said “I have already completed my tenure as the WFI president, I am just looking over the things until a new president is appointed. I am ready to leave if the players assured me they will end the protests.”