Delhi police were involved in scuffles during a #MeToo demonstration in India’s capital city.
The wrestlers claim that they were assaulted by the police when they attempted to bring folding beds into their sit-in demonstration, where they were protesting against the president the wrestling federation who was accused of sexual abuse.
Heavy rains had inundated their protest site. They’ve been camping out there for 12 days.
The female wrestlers claimed that there were no women officers present and they were assaulted, including by a drunken policeman.
Delhi Police denied the accusations, stating that no force was used in the incident and that five police officers were injured.
Delhi’s Deputy commissioner of police, Pranav Tayal said: “An adequate number of women officers was on duty at night. A medical examination revealed that no police officers were drunk.
Five police officers were injured in the fight.
The police did not use any force against the protesters.
“Regarding a protester who was injured, he has left the hospital against the medical advice. He hasn’t given a police statement yet.”
Olympic wrestlers claim they’ve been forced to “suffer”
Sakshi Malik, the Rio Olympic bronze medalist, was caught in a struggle with police. She was seen to break down.
One young wrestler, Dushyant phogat, was bleeding profusely from the brain. Another was taken to hospital.
Vinesh Phogat is a world champion wrestler and the first Indian female to win gold at the Commonwealth and Asian Games. She said, “After the way they made us suffer, it would be a shame for an athlete to bring a medal to the country.”
Bajrang Punia, a Tokyo Olympic medalist, said: “If that’s how wrestlers are treated, then what will we do with our medals?” We will instead live a normal, everyday life and give back all of the medals to the government.
You have insulted us so much that there is nothing else left.
The wrestlers called on people to help them.
A wrestling official accused of sexual harassment
This is the second protest in three months against Brij Bhushan Singh, the president of the Wrestling Federation of India and a powerful politician who represents the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.
Mr Singh is accused of sexually harassing and abusing six women and a girl.
He denies all the allegations.
Demonstrators say that nothing has changed since the government created a special investigation committee to investigate the allegations.
Delhi Police only filed two charges against Mr Singh after protesters petitioned India’s Supreme Court, including the strict Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
“It’s an embarrassment”
As of yet, Mr Singh hasn’t been arrested or questioned by the police.
Mr Singh replied: “They asked me to resign as chief of the Federation first. I told them that accepting the charges would be akin to me accepting my guilt.
“Resignation doesn’t matter, but I will not do it as a convicted criminal.” “I am not a convicted criminal.”
Farmers’ organisations and political opposition parties have supported the wrestlers.
Deepender Hooda is an opposition leader from the Congress party. He told Sky News that “it’s a shame what happens to our wrestlers. We are with them in this struggle.”
“We will fight until the end”
Atul Tewari showed a boot imprint on his shirt to Sky News and said: “I was kicked by a cop. Is this what they meant by protecting our women and girls?
The treatment of renowned wrestlers, who have brought honour and medals to our country is not good.
He said: “We will continue until and unless Mr Singh is arrested and sent to jail.
“We’ll fight this battle until the very last breath. It’s for the honor of our women.”
The Indian Sports Ministry has stripped Wrestling Federation of India of its administrative powers.
It admitted structural failures and the lack of internal complaint mechanisms, as required by law.