Wrestlers’ Protest: Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh’s Response to the Call for Medal Immersion in Ganga by Grapplers
Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh’s reaction over wrestlers throwing their medals in Ganges
The head of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, responded on Tuesday to the wrestlers who gathered in Haridwar and feared to drop their awards in the Ganges as a show of opposition to him, saying that the Delhi Police is already looking into the allegations against him. Adding that the wrestlers’ decision to cast their laurels into the waters was solely a stand they took, Singh is facing accusations of sexual harassment by female wrestlers—who said that they had no other motive for doing so.
Brij Bhushan: They’ve taken a position; what can we do?
The Delhi Police are looking into the situation, according to the six-time BJP MP who was speaking to reporters on Tuesday. “An arrest will be made if the accusations (made against him by the wrestlers) are true,” the WFI chief said, adding that they traveled to Haridwar to submerge their awards in the Ganga. “Later, however, they gave them to Tikait. What can we do given their stance,” he continued.
A five-day deadline for Govt
Sakshi Malik, Bajrang Punia, and Vinesh Phogat, three of India’s top wrestlers, arrived in Haridwar earlier on Tuesday to offer their medals to the Ganges. Naresh Tikait, a farmer leader, intervened, and the wrestlers then gave the government a five-day deadline to take action against the WFI chief.
The wrestlers sharing the update over Twitter
The wrestlers shared a tweet earlier that discussed recent events and how the situation was handled by the authorities. The protesting wrestlers declared that they would travel to Haridwar on Tuesday at 6:00 pm and tossed their medals into the Ganga. After being stopped by Delhi Police as they attempted to march to the new Parliament building, where they intended to hold a demonstration, Sakshi Malik, Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat, and Sangeeta Phogat made the decision.
“Several of our female wrestlers were concealing in the fields yesterday. The system should detain the oppressor, but instead, it is berating and threatening the innocent women to put an end to their protest,” according to the grapplers.
“Thinking about giving back medals is worse than death for us, but how can we live if we compromise our self-respect? These medals are no longer required. They are preparing to jail us if we speak out against exploitation,” the wrestlers declared.
“These medals will be discarded in the Ganga. Our medals, which we worked very hard to earn, are just as sacred as the Ganges. These medals are revered throughout the nation, and the proper location to keep them is in the holy Ganga, not in our unholy system, which hides us and supports our oppressors after robbing us. The medal symbolizes our life and our soul. We will remain at India Gate on hunger strike until we die,” they added.