The Bharatiya Janata Party strongman, parliamentarian, and president of the Wrestling Federation of India, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, was the subject of a petition brought by prominent wrestlers on Tuesday, April 25, asking for the filing of a first information report in connection with serious allegations of sexual harassment, including that of a minor.
On Sunday, April 23, protesting wrestlers said that despite having reported alleged sexual assault by Singh by six women and one kid to the Connaught Place police station, no FIR had yet been lodged. Courts have regularly ordered police to take immediate action in situations where the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act may be used.
Olympic medalists Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia, as well as Worlds medalists Vinesh Phogat and Deepak Punia, are among those demonstrating.
According to LiveLaw, Chief Justice of India D.Y. Chandrachud highlighted that a remedy to contact the Police Superintendent is available under Section 156 of the Criminal Procedure Code after hearing Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, who spoke on behalf of the nation's top wrestlers.
Noting that the wrestlers staged a sit-in at New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, Sibal said, “Seven women have complained and one is a minor. The FIRs have not been registered. This court's rules have been broken.
The court said, “There are serious allegations at the behest of professional wrestlers concerning sexual harassment. Issue notice returnable on Friday.”
The petitioners' right to keep their identities secret was likewise recognised by the court.
One of India's top wrestlers, Vinesh Phogat, tagged CJI Chandrachud in a tweet on April 23 accusing Singh of receiving little justice.
The most accomplished wrestlers in the nation staged an unprecedented protest in January, accusing the WFI and notably its head, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, of serious wrongdoings. In response, the Union sports ministry established a commission. The Union sports ministry requested that Singh "step aside".
The wrestlers, who had earlier claimed that the committee was consulted without their participation, then claimed that neither its reports nor its recommendations were made public. this needed to be taken seriously to avoid such issues.
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