Wrestlers Protest: Coach sexually harasses women wrestlers, Vinesh Phogat accuses Brajbhushan Sharan Singh of mental harassment
Indian star female wrestler Vinesh Phogat, who won gold medals in three Commonwealth Games, said on 18 January 2023 that coaches are harassing female wrestlers and some of the federation’s favorite coaches misbehave with female coaches as well. They sexually assault girls (female wrestlers). WFI President has also sexually harassed many girls.
Vinesh Phogat said, after the defeat in Tokyo Olympics, Brajbhushan Sharan Singh had called me a ‘false coin’. WFI tortured me mentally. I used to think about committing suicide every day. If anything happens to a wrestler, it will be the responsibility of the President of Wrestler Federation of India (WFI). Vinesh Phogat also said that we will present all the evidence when the High Court directs us. We are also ready to hand over all the evidence to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The wrestlers protesting against the Wrestler Federation of India at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar say that they (Federation) also interfere in our personal lives and harass us. They are exploiting us. When we went to the Olympics, we didn’t have a physio or a coach. We are getting threats. Ever since we raised our voice, we are being threatened.
Olympic medalist wrestler Bajrang Punia said, “The girls here are from respectable families. If our sisters and daughters are not safe here then we cannot accept it. We demand that the federation be changed.
Sakshi Malik, the first Indian woman wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics, said the entire federation should be scrapped so that the future of new wrestlers is secure. A new union should come into existence. Dirt is spread from the lower level. We will talk to the PM and the Home Minister and present the evidence before them. Some cases should be investigated.
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