Priyanka Gandhi Joins Wrestlers Protest, Asks Cops To Present FIR Copy

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Priyanka Gandhi reached Jantar Mantar within the morning and interacted with the wrestlers.

New Delhi:

Congress chief Priyanka Gandhi Vadra met the wrestlers who’ve been on protest at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar at this time, backing their demand for motion in opposition to the alleged sexual exploitation of girls athletes. The wrestlers have been on a sit-in demanding the arrest of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh on complaints of sexual harassment.

On the protest venue, the Congress normal secretary hit out on the Delhi Police for not offering a replica of the First Data Report, or FIR, filed in opposition to Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

“When these women get medals, everybody tweets, say they’re our nation’s satisfaction however now when they’re sitting on the highway and looking for to be heard, saying they’ve been wronged, nobody is able to hearken to them. If FIRs have been filed, their copy must be shared with them,” she mentioned.

The Congress normal secretary additionally referred to as Mr Singh’s ouster from the publish so that he’s unable to “exert stress” on the wrestlers and hamper their careers. “See, there are severe allegations in opposition to this individual, he ought to first resign and be faraway from the publish. Until he’s in that publish, he’ll proceed to exert stress and hold destroying individuals’s careers. If that individual is there on a publish by way of which he can destroy the careers of wrestlers, harass them and exert stress, then what’s the which means of FIRs and investigation,” she mentioned.

The Delhi Police on Friday filed two instances in opposition to the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief after the wrestlers complained to the Supreme Court docket. One of many FIRs is over a grievance of sexual harassment by a minor, filed beneath the stringent Safety of Youngsters from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, which guidelines out bail.

However regardless of the peace of mind of police motion, the wrestlers mentioned they’ll proceed their sit-in protest, demanding the “rapid arrest” of the WFI chief. “We respect the Supreme Court docket’s order, however we do not have religion within the Delhi Police. This combat just isn’t for an FIR. This combat is to punish individuals like him. He must be in jail and stripped of his portfolios,” the wrestlers mentioned.

Earlier this week, Priyanka Gandhi slammed the federal government, asking whether or not it desires to defend the responsible.

The Congress normal secretary had additionally mentioned that the appeals of the sportspersons have been being ignored, and asserted that “when the conceitedness of a celebration and its leaders is sky-high, then such voices are crushed”.

Congress leaders comparable to Bhupinder Hooda, Deepender Hooda and Udit Raj additionally joined the protesting wrestlers at Jantar Mantar earlier this week.

Mr Singh, who can also be a BJP MP, welcomed the Supreme Court docket’s order to file the police case into allegations of sexual harassment in opposition to him.

He informed reporters the wrestlers ought to have waited for the report of a committee that was tasked to look into the matter earlier than they determined to take a seat on a protest in Delhi’s Jantar Mantar.

“I’m proud of the judiciary’s determination. The Delhi Police will examine the allegations, and I’m able to cooperate with them in each attainable means. Nobody is greater than the judiciary on this nation. The order has come to file an FIR (first data report). The federal government had additionally mentioned it had no objection to submitting an FIR. I’m not bigger than the Supreme Court docket. I welcome the order,” Mr Singh informed reporters.

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