Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik has appealed to the international fraternity to extend their support to the protesting wrestlers. The agitating wrestlers have demanded the arrest of Wrestling Federation of India president Brij Bhushan Singh who, they alleged, sexually harassed several women grapplers.
The wresrtler says at one hand our Prime Minister is inaugurating our new parliament, while on other our supporters has been arrested for supporting us.
“To all my international fraternity. Our Prime Minister is inaugurating our new parliament. But on the other hand, Our supporters has been arrested for supporting us,” she tweeted.
To all my international fraternity
Our Prime Minister is inaugurating our new parliament
But on the other hand, Our supporters has been arrested for supporting us.
By arresting people how we can call us “mother of democracy”
India’s daughters are in pain.
— Sakshee Malikkh (@SakshiMalik) May 28, 2023
“By arresting people how we can call us “mother of democracy.” India’s daughters are in pain.”
Vinesh Phogat has echoed the views of her fellow wrestler.
“Democracy is being murdered openly at Jantar Mantar. On one hand the Prime Minister has inaugurated the new building of democracy. On the other hand the arrests of our people are on,” she said in a video posted on her social media accounts.
जंतर मंतर पर सरेआम लोकतंत्र की हत्या हो रही
एक तरफ़ लोकतंत्र के नये भवन का उद्घाटन किया है प्रधानमंत्री जी ने
दूसरी तरफ़ हमारे लोगों की गिरफ़्तारियाँ चालू हैं. pic.twitter.com/ry5Wv9xn5A
— Vinesh Phogat (@Phogat_Vinesh) May 28, 2023
Earlier, Tokyo Olympics gold medallist and three-time former world champion Risako Kawai has come out in support of the top Indian wrestlers.
The wrestlers protesting at the Jantar Mantar, about two kilometres from Parliament, said that they will go ahead with their “Mahila Mahapanchayat” near the new building at any cost.
Meanwhile, Delhi Police has made it cleared that the protesting wrestlers won’t be allowed near the new Parliament building, which is set to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“We respect our athletes but we will not let there be any disturbance in the inauguration (of new Parliament building),” Dependra Pathak, Special CP, Law & Order, Delhi Police told PTI.