Wrestlers protesting at the Jantar Mantar, New Delhi have demanded the arrest of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) Chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh on charges of sexual harassment against several women. It has been alleged that the WFI is run in a dictatorial way.
- Protesters have been staging a protest in the centre of New Delhi for nearly a month
- They are calling for the arrest of the Wrestling Federation’s chief, who is also a high-profile MP
- Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh has denied the accusations and called the protests “politically motivated”.
What’s despairing is the lack of support received by the wrestlers from the entire sports fraternity. Comments by PT Usha, President, Indian Olympic Association, that the wrestlers have brought disrepute to themselves and the nation through this protest are also dispiriting. Apart from a few notable exceptions — Abhinav Bhindra, Neeraj Chopra, Sania Mirza and ex-cricketers including Kapil Dev, Virendra Sehwag, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh — the silence from the rest of the sporting community is deafening.