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Seven ladies grapplers and their households are getting threats from WFI officers, alleges Vinesh Phogat

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Olympian wrestler Vinesh Phogat on Tuesday alleged that a few of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) officers are threatening feminine wrestlers and forcing them to withdraw their complaints of sexual harassment in opposition to WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

She stated that makes an attempt have been being made to interrupt the unity of the seven ladies wrestlers. “Their (complainants`) members of the family are getting threats now. Their lives are in peril. Police should register the FIR and assist the harmless folks,” Vinesh informed IANS. “If one thing occurs to those complainants, Delhi Police and the federal government shall be accountable for it.”

On Sunday, high wrestlers from the nation, together with Bajrang Punia, Vinesh, and Sakshi Malik, returned to the protest web site at Jantar Mantar and demanded that an FIR be lodged in opposition to the WFI chief. They’re additionally demanding that the federal government ought to make public the findings of the report submitted by the Oversight Committee, which investigated allegations of sexual harassment in opposition to Brij Bhushan.

Vinesh expressed her disappointment over the Sports activities Ministry`s failure to take motion in opposition to Brij Bhushan regardless of their protest three months in the past. “How lengthy is it going to take for the federal government to behave on the report submitted by the committee? We’re nonetheless ready to listen to from them,” the World Championship medallist emphasised.

“We are going to, this time, sit right here until our calls for are met and Brij Bhushan Singh is arrested. We’re not going to cease. We’re getting assist from in every single place. And we wish to thank all these which might be current right here and urge folks to return and assist us for the higher way forward for athletes in India. It is a struggle of all the ladies athletes and so they should come ahead and share their views.”

The federal government had fashioned a six-member panel on January 23 to research into the allegations of sexual harassment and intimidation levelled in opposition to the WFI chief. The panel submitted its report on April 5 however the authorities has not made public its findings, saying it’s nonetheless underneath examination.

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