Wrestlers’ Protest: FIR Against Brij Bhushan To Be Registered Today, Delhi Police Tells SC

The Delhi Police has told the Supreme Court Court that they will register an FIR against WFI chief over the sexual harassment charges against him by protesting wrestlers. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta apprised the Supreme Court that the Delhi Police will register FIR by today evening, news agency ANI reported. The Supreme Court was hearing a plea by seven women wrestlers seeking registration of an FIR against  Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh over allegations of sexual harassment. Earlier this week, the Supreme Court issued notices to the Delhi Police and others while saying the matter was “serious” and requires its consideration.

The wrestlers resumed their protest after three months at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar on Sunday against the WFI chief for allegedly sexually assaulting women wrestlers.

The wrestlers have demanded that the Centre make public the findings of the five-member oversight committee that investigated the allegations against the WFI chief. The grapplers, including Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik and Ravi Dahiya, had started their protest over the issue in January but ended their sit-in after an assurance from Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur.

Thakur had announced the formation of the five-member oversight committee, headed by legendary boxer MC Mary Kom, to look into the allegations. The panel submitted its report in the first week of April, but the ministry is yet to make its findings public.

Several women wrestlers, including a minor, have alleged that Singh sexually harassed them during his tenure at the WFI. A complaint was also filed at the Connaught Place police station on April 21.

The wrestlers have stressed that they would remain at the protest site till police file an FIR in the case.

Amid the protest, Brij Bhushan Singh on Thursday released a video saying he would wish to embrace death the day he feels helpless. “Friends, the day I introspect on what I gained or lost, and feel that I no longer have the strength to fight; the day I feel helpless, I would wish death as I won’t be living a life like that. Instead of living such a life, I would wish that death takes me in its embrace,” Brij Bhushan said in the video.

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