Wrestlers protest: Delhi Police registers 2 FIRs on sexual harassment complaints against WFI Chief

- April 29, 2023
| By : Patriot Bureau |

Delhi Police registered two FIRs over sexual harassment allegations levelled against WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh by several women wrestlers

Vinesh (in fluorescent green) and Sangita Phogat (in pink t shirt)

The Delhi Police has filed two First Information Reports (FIRs) against the Wrestling Federation of India chief, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, in connection with allegations of sexual harassment by female wrestlers.

The complaints were received from both adult and minor complainants and the FIRs have been registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code concerning outraging modesty and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, a senior police officer said.
The case was filed hours after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed the Supreme Court that a case will be registered on Friday.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the wrestlers, placed or record an affidavit in a sealed cover which voiced apprehension about the safety of a minor girl, an alleged victim of sexual assault.

“Bearing in mind the content which has been placed on record, we direct the Commissioner of Police, Delhi, to make an assessment of the threat perception and provide adequate security to the minor girl involved,” the bench said in its order.

It said an affidavit be filed before it on or before May 5, the next date of hearing, about the steps taken for the security of the minor girl.

The apex court bench is hearing a plea filed by seven women wrestlers on non-registration of an FIR on their sexual harassment allegations against Singh.
The wrestlers have been on a sit-in protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi since Sunday, demanding action against Singh and his removal from all the positions he holds.
After Mehta’s submission, the country’s top wrestlers rejoiced “the first step towards victory” but said they will continue their agitation. (With inputs from PTI)