Top Indian wrestlers were protesting against the WFI Chief and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh from past 10 days over the allegations on sexual harassment on female wrestlers. The candle march was initiated by the protestors to show their level of aggression towards Sharan Singh at Jantar Mantar.
Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik and few other wrestlers had also participated in the candle procession during the protest.
Farmers and several other members from Samyukta Kisan Morcha(SKM) had planned to extend their nationwide support to the protesters. Security has been tightened at Jantar Mantar as there were several representatives of SKM from various states like Uttar Pradesh,Haryana, Delhi and Punjab during the candle march.
UP, Haryana and Rajasthan’s Khap Panchayat representatives also came forward to support the wrestlers who were protesting at Delhi against the WFI chief Mr.Brij Bhushan.
Haryana’s Home and Health Minister, Mr. Anil Vij extended his great support to the wrestlers who were protesting at Jantar Mantar. In one of the press meetings he made a statement that he has complete sympathy towards the protestors and he will support those wrestlers. He gave the assurance that he will act as an intermediary between the government and the protestors to pass on the information to the government on behalf of all the wrestlers.
On Friday, The Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur said that an unbiased investigation is being conducted by the Delhi Police against the Chief of wrestling federation and is expected to meet all the demands of the protesting wrestlers. He said that two FIRs were filed against the WFI chief as per the demand of the protesting grapplers. The Indian Olympic Association is making an effort to conduct fair and free elections of the Wrestling Federation of India.
Large number of people from neighboring states of Delhi and Students of Delhi University assembled at Jantar Mantar on Thursday and expressed their harmony to the protestors who were demanding to arrest Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. Many of the supporters raised slogans like ‘jai kisan jai jawan’, ‘Nari shakti zindabad’, ‘phalwan ekta zindabad’ and so on in support of the Indian wrestlers. A ruckus arose between the protestors and the Delhi Police after a day. During this strife a couple of wrestlers were injured and they accused the police officers for manhandling the wrestlers in a drunken state.
Several videos were posted regarding the ruckus and after that, a farmer from Amritsar, Mr.Balbir Singh came forward to extend his support to the daughters of the country who made the nation proud by winning medals in the International platform. Another farmer from kurukshetra, Angrez Singh visited Jantar Mantar to share his emotions and questioned the Delhi police about the allegations on wrestlers, female players in particular. He says that the wrestlers have to go through so many trainings with lots of dedication to become the champions, but the police officials are harassing the female wrestlers who were protesting on the roads instead of punishing the individual who was alleged for sexual harassment.
Several Indian actors like Gauahar Khan, Pooja Bhatt, Sonu Sood, Swara Bhasker and Vidyut Jammwal had come forward and spoken about the protesting wrestlers at Jantar Mantar. Vidyut Jammwal was all set for the release of his new movie IB71 and said that people aren’t doing anything even though they are concerned about the protesting grapplers.