10 Facts About Today’s Mega Farmers’ Meeting To Address Wrestlers’ #MeToo Protest
A BJP MP, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, has denied all accusations against him and stated that he would hang himself if they were true.
Here are ten details about the event:
1) The wrestlers’ protest, which accuses embattled WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh of sexual harassment, will be discussed at a large meeting of all khaps today in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, according to the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU).
2) According to BKU leader Naresh Tikait, the mahapanchayat will feature many representatives from various khaps and leaders from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Haryana.
3) Mr. Tikait was crucial in convincing some of India’s most successful wrestlers not to throw their medals in the Ganga on Tuesday.
4) Olympic medalists Sakshi Malik, Bajrang Punia, and gold medalist Vinesh Phogat of the Asian Games visited Haridwar on Tuesday and threatened to throw their awards into the river in protest of the lack of action taken against the WFI Chief. The farmer leaders successfully persuaded them to refrain, and they gave the police a five-day deadline.
5) Since January, the wrestlers have been on the offensive, calling for action against WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, whom they claim has harassed seven athletes, including a minor, sexually.
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6) A BJP MP, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, has denied all accusations against him and stated that he would hang himself if they were true.
7) If a single of the allegations towards me is proven to be accurate, I’ll hang myself. I’m willing to undergo any repercussions, so if you (the wrestlers) have proof, bring it to the court,” he added.
8) Anurag Thakur, the union’s minister of sports, criticized the demonstrating wrestlers yesterday for “altering the goalposts” and reaffirmed that they shouldn’t do anything that “impacts the game or other sportsperson,” The situation was addressed for the first time in the latest legal government statement.
9) “The sports persons have made it obvious that they oppose getting involved in politics. However, as time went on, political groups have visited and shared this stage,” the minister stated to the media, talking about opposition leaders’ going to the demonstration sight for the wrestlers at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar.
10) In a statement, the United World Wrestling (UWW), the organization that oversees the sport, criticized “the absence of outcomes” in the investigations into Mr. Singh. The UWW alerted that failing to conduct new elections for the WFI within 45 days could result in the federation’s suspension and recalled the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) of its commitment to do so.