New Delhi: Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Swati Maliwal wrote to the Commissioner of Police, demanding the arrest of BJP MP and chief of Wrestling Federation of India Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh and action against personnel who detained the protesting wrestlers at Jantar Mantar on Sunday.
She also demanded the immediate release of the female wrestlers and their families by the Delhi Police.
Protesting wrestlers, including Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia, were detained on Sunday after a tussle with security personnel who tried to stop them from marching to the new Parliament building as it was being inaugurated.
Soon after, the Delhi Police cleared the site of their over-month-long sit-in at Jantar Mantar and said they will not be allowed to return there.
In the letter addressed to Delhi Police Commissioner Sanjay Arora, Ms Maliwal said she was deeply pained to note that Delhi Police has manhandled female wrestlers and their families protesting peaceully at Jantar Mantar and forcefully detained them today.
She further mentioned that over a month back, several women wrestlers, including a minor, had made serious allegations of sexual harassment against the Member of Parliament Mr Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh during his tenure as the president of the Wrestling Federation of India.
She said upon the intervention of the Supreme Court, two FIRs were registered in the matter against the accused person who already has around 40 other ongoing criminal cases against him.
“However, despite a minor girl alleging sexual harassment by the accused parliamentarian, Delhi Police has failed to arrest him till date. This has forced the female wrestlers to stage a protest at Jantar Mantar which has been ongoing since the past one month,” she wrote.
The DCW chief also questioned the Delhi Police for not arresting Brij Bhushan Singh yet.