Vinesh Phogat-led wrestlers to hold ’peaceful’ women’s Maha Panchayat in front of new Parliament

  • While dwelling upon the details of the women's Maha Panchayat, Vinesh Phogat said that the event will include all elders and youngsters, but will be primarily led by the women supporting our cause

Devesh Kumar
First Published23 May 2023, 08:36 PM IST
Indian wrestlers Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat, and Sakshee Malikkh stand on a police barricade as they speak to their supporters near landmark India Gate monument during a protest march
Indian wrestlers Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat, and Sakshee Malikkh stand on a police barricade as they speak to their supporters near landmark India Gate monument during a protest march(AP)

Wrestlers protesting at Jantar Mantar in Delhi demanding the arrest of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh will hold a peaceful women's Maha Panchayat in front of the new Parliament building on 28 May, wrestler Vinesh Phogat said on Tuesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate the new Parliament building on 28 May.

While dwelling upon the details of the women's Maha Panchayat, Vinesh Phogat said that the event will include all elders and youngsters, but will be primarily led by the women supporting our cause. The wrestler stressed that the Maha Panchayat will be “in front of” the new Parliament building and will be a “peaceful protest”.

On Tuesday, the wrestlers held a candle march in the national capital from Jantar Mantar to India Gate. “Those who cannot physically participate must light candles in their home at 5 pm and share videos on social media to extend their support,” wrestler Bajrang Punia said in an appeal.

Earlier, the wrestlers took on the dare of WFI chief and BJP MP Brij Bhushan who asked wrestlers Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia to take the narco test with him. "I would like to tell Brij Bhushan that not only Vinesh, all the girls who have given the complaint, are ready to undergo the Narco test. It should be done live so that the entire country knows about his cruelty to the daughters of the country," Vinesh Phogat said.

Delhi Police has filed a status report on the complaints of sexual assault by wrestlers against Brij Bhusan and has also formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the matter. Earlier, the government formed an ‘oversight committee’ chaired by Olympian Mary Kom, but the wrestlers raised concerns about the independence of the committee.

 

 

 

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First Published:23 May 2023, 08:36 PM IST
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