Well-known Indian sportsmen showed their support for the wrestlers’ protest movement on Friday.
Several of India’s best-known athletes on Friday expressed their support for the protest movement of Indian wrestlers, who are demanding the arrest of the president of their federation, accused of sexual harassment and intimidation.
Dozens of wrestlers, including several Olympic medalists, have been demonstrating in the streets of New Delhi since Monday against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, also a parliamentarian from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the ruling Hindu nationalist party.
« I hope the athletes get justice»
Accused in particular of sexual harassment by several wrestlers, Singh has been the subject of an investigation commissioned by the Indian Olympic Committee since January. « It’s time to stand with them in this difficult timeex-tennis player Sania Mirza, the first Indian to win a WTA singles title, tweeted on Friday. « I hope whatever the truth is, justice will be served… As soon as possible.»
Former international cricketer Virender Sehwas shared his « great sadnessin front of the fact that the wrestlers are forced to return to the streets to obtain satisfaction. « This is a very sensitive matter, and the investigation should be conducted impartially“, he tweeted. « I hope the athletes get justice« . Neeraj Chopra, Olympic javelin throwing champion in Tokyo in 2021, also called on the authorities to launch a prompt investigation for “ensure that justice is served« .
New Delhi police said on Friday they may open an investigation against Singh, after being questioned about India’s slow Supreme Court proceedings. Wrestlers Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia, bronze medalists at the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2021 Games respectively, have both said their protests will not stop until Singh is arrested.
« We don’t trust the Delhi Police. There should be a fair investigation in the Supreme Court, and he should be removed from officeMali told reporters on Friday during a protest. Singh dismissed the charges, saying he was the victim of a conspiracy to smear his reputation and oust him from parliament. According to the television channel NDTV, the federal government is on the point of dissolving the Federation and transferring its prerogatives to a temporary body while organizing new elections, in which Singh could not take part.