Sakshi Malik Clarifies Is Wrestlers’ Protest Over or Not
National Desk, 5 June: Sakshi Malik has stated that the media reports that claimed she withdrew from the wrestlers’ protest are not true. This is in response to numerous stories saying that she and Bajrang Punia had quit the protest.
Taking to Twitter, Sakshi said, “This news is completely wrong. In the fight for justice, none of us has backed down, nor will we. Along with Satyagraha, I am fulfilling my responsibility in Railways. Our fight continues till justice is served. Please don’t spread any wrong news.”
She was quoted by ANI saying, “We met Union Home Minister Amit Shah, it was a normal conversation, we have only one demand and that is to arrest him (Brij Bhushan Singh). I have not stepped back from the protest, I have resumed my work as OSD in Railways. I want to clarify that we will keep protesting until we get justice. We will not step back. She (minor girl) has not taken back any FIR, all this is fake.”
In a significant turn of events, Sakshi Malik the leader of the wrestlers’ protest against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the President of the Wrestlers Federations of India reportedly withdrew from the protest on Monday and resumed her employment with the northern Railway.
The wrestlers reportedly saw Amit Shah at his home in Delhi and spoke with him there until late at night while calling for Brij Bhushan’s arrest.
It should be noted that leading Indian wrestlers staged a sit-in protest in Jantar Mantar in January of this year, calling for the dismissal of Brij Bhushan Singh from the WFI’s headquarters. They had alleged sexual harassment and abuse of wrestlers by the organisation and its leader. At the Connaught Place Police Station in New Delhi, seven female wrestlers made a police report against Bhushan.
They began protesting once more in April, this time calling for the arrest of Brij Bhushan Singh, the president of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) in connection with the sexual harassment case.