Thursday, February 22, 2024

“Pressure on us to compromise,” says Sakshi Malik

Olympian Sakshi Malik who is one of the front figures of wrestlers’ protest, said that one of the seven female wrestlers, who is a minor, has altered her statement against Wrestling Federation of India and BJP MP, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh due to pressure.

These women have accused Sharan Singh, of sexual harassment.

Sakshi Malik stated that there is immense pressure on them to reach a compromise, and she further accused Sharan Singh of employing individuals to contact and intimidate the complainants.

Malik was speaking to NDTV.

The grappler claimed the minor’s father is under depression because of the pressure put on him to withdraw the complaint.

“An impartial probe can’t be conducted without Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh’s arrest,” she said.

Another world-class wrestler Bajrang Punia said the ‘Mahapanchayat’ today decided they would plan future strategy after June 15, the deadline for the investigation given by Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur.

“We haven’t backed down from our demand for his arrest, he said.

“The police yesterday took a woman wrestler to the Wrestling Federation of India office despite Brij Bhushan Singh being present there. The woman asked if Mr Singh was at the office, the police lied and said he wasn’t. She got scared when she got to know he was there,” Punia said, alleging that the entire system is shielding Brij Bhushan Singh, reports NDTV.

The wrestler who was considered “minor” during the event said that she was actually of legal age, and she recently gave a new statement in court. According to her father, in an interview with NDTV, she modified the part related to her age in the statement. However, her original complaint of sexual harassment remains unchanged.

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