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Mainstream, VOL 61 No 20, May 13, 2023

Sexual Harrasment of Women Wrestlers - NFIW Letter to the Speaker Lok Sabha to Suspend the MP involved

Saturday 13 May 2023


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President : Aruna Roy General Secretary : Annie Raja

To, Date: 08/05/2023

Shri. Om Birla
Hon’ble Speaker of Lok Sabha, Parliament of India
New Delhi


Honourable Sir,

The NFIW would like to draw your attention to a very serious issue connected with Mr Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, Member of the Lok Sabha, and requesting immediate attention and action from you.

The Delhi Police have registered two FIRs against Mr Brij Bhushan Sharan Sing MP, who holds the position of President of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). One FIR is registered under POCSO and is based on the sexual harassment and criminal intimidation complaint of a minor wrestler and the other FIR also arises from similar complaints of sexual harassment under the POSH Act, filed by other young women wrestlers.

The complainants, including a minor, are those young women, who have brought national and international laurels for India. They have consistently, represented the country over many years, and won medals in the Commonwealth games and in the Olympics too.

These young women worked hard, with determination and put in their best with their blood and sweat, to make India proud. The Prime Minister not only congratulated these wrestlers but appealed to the entire Nation to celebrate the victories of these young enthusiastic women.

Our Constitution and legal system ensure that even verbal abuse is penalized, and justice is delivered to the aggrieved. However, all systems continue to be patriarchal, and corruption and even physical violence is used to deny justice to women in all walks of life.

The entire Nation should be ashamed that women wrestlers, who brought international fame and recognition Indian women internationally, have been denied a proper hearing with due legal process. They have been forced to come to the streets, to stage protests day and night for justice. Despite several months of protest in Delhi, seeking justice the issues raised by them have been ignored by the government. The incident does not promote confidence of women either in the Government of India, or to trust and expect justice from the police, legal system and the Parliamentarians.

We, the NFIW demands the suspension of Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, an accused in the sexual harassment and criminal intimidation case, from Parliament with immediate effect.

NFIW also expects appropriate immediate action from you as speaker of the Lok Sabha, and as a representative of the people to uphold women’s dignity and constitutional democratic rights, to act immediately and effectively, so that women can regain some confidence in the criminal justice system.

With expectation of immediate justice, Regards,

(Aruna Roy) (Annie Raja)
President, NFIW General Secretary, NFIW

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