In a dramatic turn of events, Olympic bronze medallist Bajrang Punia has accepted the challenge thrown by Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh to undergo a narco-analysis test. This comes amidst the sexual harassment allegations levelled against the WFI president by several wrestlers. In response, Brij Bhushan had earlier declared his willingness to undergo the test to prove his innocence.
Speaking from the protest site at Jantar Mantar, Bajrang Punia, alongside fellow wrestlers Sakshi Malik and Vinesh Phogat, stated that they were ready to face the narco test. However, they also demanded that Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh should undergo the test under the supervision of the Supreme Court and with live streaming on national television.
“We are ready to face the Narco Test, but we want Brij Bhushan to face the test as well, with live streaming on national television under the supervision of the Supreme Court,” Bajrang expressed his demand. “Not only Vinesh and I, but all the girls who have filed complaints should also undergo the Narco Test,” he added.
Vinesh Phogat echoed Bajrang’s sentiments, emphasizing the need for the whole country to know the injustices they have faced. “The whole country should be aware of the kind of atrocities and injustice we have endured,” she said. The wrestlers also urged the media not to glorify Brij Bhushan, emphasizing that he is a sexual harassment accused who should be treated accordingly.
Meanwhile, the protesting wrestlers announced their plan to organize another candlelight march from Jantar Mantar to India Gate, marking one month since the commencement of their peaceful protest. Sakshi Malik warned that anyone attempting to disrupt the peace with provocative speeches or any form of trouble would be solely responsible for the consequences.
“We would like to remind people that our protest has been peaceful, and we do not take responsibility for any untoward incidents. We urge everyone to maintain peace and support our cause,” Sakshi emphasized.
The ongoing protests by wrestlers have sparked a significant outcry in the country, shedding light on the issue of sexual harassment in sports. With their unwavering determination, the wrestlers are seeking justice and accountability, demanding a thorough investigation into the allegations made against the WFI chief.
As the wrestling community awaits further developments, the demand for a narco-analysis test, supervised by the Supreme Court and broadcasted live on national television, could potentially provide transparency and shed light on the truth behind the allegations against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.
The nation watches with bated breath as the wrestlers continue their fight for justice, hoping for a resolution that will set a precedent for the protection and well-being of athletes in India.