Sakshi Malik, Vinesh Phogat, and Bajrang Punia have resumed their duties as OSD (Sports) in the railways. However, they have emphasized that their protest against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh is far from over.
Sakshi Malik took to Twitter to refute the news of her withdrawal from the protests, stating, “This news is completely false. None of us have withdrawn or will withdraw from the fight for justice. While carrying out our responsibilities at the railways, we will continue our struggle for justice through satyagraha. Please refrain from spreading fake news.” Malik’s statement underscores the wrestlers’ unwavering commitment to seek justice and hold Singh accountable.
The Delhi Police registered two First Information Reports (FIRs) against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh at the Connaught Place police station on April 28. One of the FIRs was filed on the basis of a complaint lodged by the father of a minor wrestler, invoking the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, which carries a potential prison sentence of up to seven years upon conviction.
These FIRs, issued in response to a Supreme Court directive, have charged Singh under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including assault with intent to outrage a woman’s modesty (Section 354), sexual harassment (Section 354A), and stalking (Section 354D), which carry prison terms of two to three years. Several complainants have also alleged that Singh made inappropriate advances, seeking “sexual favors” while promising to assist them in their athletic careers.
The charges against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh are serious and demand a thorough investigation to ensure accountability and protect the rights and well-being of athletes. The wrestlers’ collective efforts serve as a reminder of the importance of upholding integrity and fairness within the sporting community.