Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Top Sikh body extends support to wrestlers’ protest, calls it ‘protest for dignity’

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) expressed its support to the wrestlers who are protesting against sexual abuse by Brij Bhushan, the president of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) and BJP MP, at Jantar Mantar in Delhi.

The Sikh organisation termed the protest as one concerning the respect and integrity of women. It urged the government to treat the matter with gravity and ensure strong measures are taken against the accused individual, who also holds a leadership position in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“The Sikh community supports these protesting sportswomen. We will soon send a delegation to meet the protestors in Delhi,” Harjinder Singh Dhami, president, SGPC, said, while speaking to reporters after the SGPC’s executive meet in Amritsar.

He said that the BJP government on the one hand talked about ‘Beti Padhao’ and women’s upliftment, while on the other hand, women who brought Olympic medals for India were struggling to secure justice in the national capital.

Dhami also said that a decision taken in the executive meeting was that people who run “anti-Sikh narratives” and indulge in hate speech on social media will not be spared. The executive committee has decided to take legal action against such anti-social elements, he said.

The wrestlers have been protesting at Jantar Mantar since April 23 demanding the arrest of the WFI chief and BJP MP, accused of sexually harassing seven female wrestlers, including a minor.

On April 28, the Delhi Police registered two FIRs against Brij Bhushan on the basis of sexual harassment complaints filed by the wrestlers.

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