26 Apr 2023

Khap Panchayats Of Haryana Support Wrestlers Protesting Against WFI

NEW DELHI: The Khap Panchayats of Haryana have decided to support the wrestlers protesting at Jantar Mantar against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, President of the Wrestling Federation of India. The Khap Panchayats will reach Delhi on April 27 in support of the wrestlers. Panchayats have responded to ace wrestler Bajrang Punia's Punia's appeal who asked Panchayats to support wrestlers.

Punia said, 'We are players, we do not know politics. Today we need you, support us. Such big players are on dharna. If nothing happens now, it will never happen. Join the fight of our sisters and daughters.'

Something has definitely happened to them:  Sarvkhap Panchayat

Jagbir Malik, spokesperson of the Sarvkhap Panchayat, formed by merging different Khaps of Haryana, says, “We are with our daughters. They are sitting at Jantar Mantar. Something has definitely happened to them. They are wrestler, will not sit and cry like this without reason. All Khap Panchayats are with them. Will talk to Jhajjar, Rohtak, Sonipat and other panchayats."

Many khap panchayats have decided to support the wrestlers by going to Jantar Mantar. Some Panchayats are still waiting for the call. Although everyone is unanimous on supporting wrestlers.

Punia said recently that the reason why wrestlers are protesting once again is that nothing has been done so far to resolve their issues and the wrestlers are here to save wrestling.

Top wrestlers, including Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat, Ravi Dahiya, and Sakshi Malik, held a sit-in protest in Jantar Mantar in January this year, demanding that Brij Bhushan be removed from the head office and Wrestling Federation of India be disbanded. They had accused the body and its chief of sexual harassment and mistreatment of wrestlers.

Hearing in SC on April 28

Wrestlers have filed a petition in the Supreme Court. Singh has been accused of sexual harassment by 7 wrestlers. Protesting wrestlers are demanding registration of FIR against Brij Bhushan. Their plea will be heard on April 28.

The court has asked to remove the names of girls who have accused of sexual abuse from judicial records, so that their identity is not revealed. The court said, 'The wrestlers have made serious allegations of sexual harassment. These need to be considered.'

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