7 May 2023

Wrestlers Protest: Stand-off Between Government And Wrestlers Contiues; Khap Panchayats To Reach Jantar Mantar Today

New Delhi: As the stand-off between the government and the wrestlers protesting against alleged sexual harassment by the association chief intensifies, representatives of at least 20 khaps of Haryana will reach at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Sunday to extend their support and express solidarity with women wrestlers. 

Wrestlers say that the President of Wrestling Federation of India and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh had sexually harassed them. The strike of the wrestlers has now got the support of all the khap panchayats. 

A general meeting of all khap pantayats was called at Soram Chaupal in Muzaffarnagar district. In this meeting, it was decided that all Khap Panchayats would extend their support to this strike of wrestlers. On May 7, about 20 khap panchayats will come to Delhi and support the wrestlers.


'Reach in large numbers to support wrestlers'

Heads of over 20 khaps organized a meeting on Saturday and said they would reach Delhi on Sunday and urged people of Haryana, Western Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to reach in large numbers to express solidarity with the wrestlers.

Mehar Singh Nambardar, head of Meham Chaubisi Sarv Khap, chaired the meeting and denounced the way the police allegedly treated wrestlers on Wednesday night.

“This is a battle for the honor of our daughters. We are shocked how the Prime Minister and his council of ministers are silent over the issue and BJP people are trying to divert the issueHaryana minister Sandeep Singh, who is also facing similar charges is also enjoying ministerial power and the Chandigarh police also failed to arrest him. What message does the BJP want to give to women,” he added.

Protest's credibility dented: Lekhi

On the other hand the BJP has alleged that the credibility of the protest has been "dented" after "discredited" politicians, and "those who were involved in scams” joined them at the protest venue — Delhi's Jantar Mantar.

Meenakashi Lekhi said: “The government has a very sensitive approach towards the wrestlers, and women. We are very sensitive to this cause… We are doing everything that needs to be done as per law.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has also condemned the scuffle between police personnel and wrestlers, alleging the police was "torturing" them.

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