Protesting wrestlers will start a hunger strike at India Gate today and immerse medals in the Ganga
At six o’clock in the evening, wrestlers demonstrating Brij Bhushan Singh over claims of sexual assault scheduled to drop their awards into the Ganga in Haridwar.
We’ll pour our medals into the Ganga: Wrestlers
The best wrestlers in India have announced that they will throw their awards into the Ganga River in Haridwar at 6 p.m. on Tuesday before going on an indefinite hunger strike at India Gate in New Delhi in protest of Wrestling Federation of India President and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.
After throwing medals in Ganga, they will hold a hunger strike at India Gate
In a joint statement, wrestlers Sakshi Malik, Bajrang Punia, and Vinesh Phogat—who have been protesting the WFI president and calling for his arrest—announced that they would take the medals to Haridwar and immerse them in the Ganga at 6 o’clock that evening. “The very core of who we are is embodied in these medals. After tossing them into the Ganga today, there would be no reason to continue living. We will then go on an indefinite fast at India Gate until we pass away,” the statement stated in Hindi.
PM calls us Daughter; he did not express concern for us: Wrestlers
The Prime Minister, they continued, “who calls us our daughters,” did not even once express worry for the wrestlers, they added. Instead, he permitted the Brij Bhushan in the newly constructed Parliament Building’s opening. In stark white clothing, he even posed for pictures. This brightness has marred us,” the statement claimed.
When they attempted to move towards the new Parliament building for the “Mahila Mahapanchayat,” Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, Sangeeta Phogat, Sakshi Malik, and several other people were stopped by Delhi Police on Sunday.
Statement in video form by Sakshi Malik
Olympian Sakshi, who won bronze in Rio, said in a video statement on Monday that she has not given up. According to her, the pro wrestlers were evaluating what to do next because they continued getting approval from the world of sports following the denunciation of the law enforcement behavior towards the best grapplers by many politicians and athletes.
They will no longer be permitted to enter Jantar Mantar after disturbing videos of police abuse of professional wrestlers were released.
“Even though we didn’t damage any property that was open to the public, we were still reported to the authorities. You can watch the videos. They were very cruel to us, handling one woman (a wrestler) with 20 officers. We want to let the people waiting for us at the Gurdwara in Ambala and other places know that we spent the day coming up with our next course of action. The protest won’t end because we haven’t turned back. Keep supporting us, and we’ll let you know what comes next,” she said.
Reactions of other sports persons
Abhinav Bindra, the first individual Olympic gold medalist from India, criticized the police action against the best wrestlers, claiming it left him “sleepless” and “frightened” by the dreadful scenes.
Sunil Chhetri, the captain of the Indian football team, asked on Twitter, “For what reason does it come down to our wrestlers get dragged around with no assessment? Never treat anyone in this manner.”
The problem should be resolved right away, according to former all-rounder Irfan Pathan. “I feel terrible when I see snaps of our athletes. Please find a solution quickly,” tweeted Pathan.
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