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Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik hail decision to file charges against Brij Bhushan: Victory for women

Star wrestlers Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia on Friday welcomed the Delhi court’s decision to file sexual harassment charges against former WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, calling it a big victory for the country’s women wrestlers.

A Delhi court on Friday ordered framing of sexual harassment and other charges against Singh, a multiple Lok Sabha MP, under sections 354 (assault or criminal force against women with intent to outrage her modesty), 354A (sexual harassment ) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC.

“This is a big victory for the struggle of women wrestlers,” Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist Bajrang, one of the leading faces in the protest against Singh, wrote on ‘X’.

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“The daughters of the country have had to go through such difficult times but this decision will provide relief. Those who cheated women wrestlers should also feel ashamed. Satyamev Jayate.”

Malik, an Olympic bronze medalist in Rio, had retired after a faction led by Sanjay Singh, an aide to the former WFI president, was elected head of the federation in December last year.

“…We thank the honorable court. We had to sleep on the streets for many nights in the heat and rain, we had to give up our stable careers, only then could we take a few steps forward in the fight for justice,” wrote Malik, one of the leading faces in the protest against Singh, on ‘X’.

“Sincere gratitude to those who showered love and blessings and may God bless those who trolled and said bad things. Long live Mother India.”

The trioka of Sakshi, Bajrang and Vinesh Phogat were the prominent faces during the year-long protest that started in January 2023 at Jantar Mantar in the national capital.

After months of protests, Delhi Police had on June 15 filed a chargesheet in the case against Singh under sections 354 (assault or criminal force against women with intent to outrage her modesty), 354A (sexual harassment), 354D (stalking ) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.

The court will formally file the charges on May 21.

Published by:

Kingshuk Kusari

Published on:

May 11, 2024