The Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, said today that the government has invited wrestlers who are protesting against BJP MP and Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh over allegations of sexual harassment to a meeting to hear their concerns.
Thakur tweeted, the Centre is ready to talk about the concerns once again and that he has invited the protesters for a meeting. He added, the government is open to discussing the wrestlers’ issue.
The government is willing to have a discussion with the wrestlers on their issues.
I have once again invited the wrestlers for the same.
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) June 6, 2023
Meanwhile, in reference to Brij Bhushan Singh’s detention, he said, neither we are saving anyone, nor would we want to save anyone. The Indian government will do a fair probe. We will not give up on this, he added.
Union Minister took the decision of meeting to wrestlers just days after wrestlers met Home Minister Amit Shah at his residence in Delhi, to discuss action against Brij Bhushan Singh.
However, wrestlers were asked not to say anything outside of the meeting. Olympian Bajrang Punia said, Amit Shah has said them that a fair probe is underway.
According to the reports, during the late-night meeting, Amit Shah met with Bajrang Punia, Sakshee Malikkh, Sangita Phogat, and Satyawart Kadian.
Among the protesting wrestlers, there are seven women, including a minor who have accused Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh of harassing them sexually. The wrestlers have called for an unbiased investigation and prompt action against the head of the wrestling organisation.
In relation to Singh’s sexual harassment case, the Delhi Police has spoken with a number of people. According to sources, three to four federation members have been questioned, and the police have also reportedly summoned several staff members at Singh’s Delhi home for questioning.
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