WFI chief and coach accused of sexual harassment, Delhi Women’s Commission sends notice to Sports Ministry

WFI chief and coach accused of sexual harassment, Delhi Women's Commission sends notice to Sports Ministry

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New Delhi, January 18: The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has issued notices to the Sports Ministry and the police to probe the sexual allegations made by Olympian wrestlers against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh and coaches. Olympic medalists Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik along with Vinesh Phogat and other Indian wrestlers sat on a protest against the WFI at Jantar Mantar on Wednesday. Wrestlers Stage Protest: Serious allegation of female wrestler Vinesh Phogat, coaches sexually harass girls, getting threats for raising voice

DCW chief Swati Maliwal said- Olympian wrestlers Sakshi Malik, Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia, who have brought laurels to the country, are forced to protest today. They say that the WFI president and coach sexually exploit the players. Notice has been issued to the Sports Ministry and the police to investigate the matter.

It has been said in the notice- The Delhi Women’s Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports of allegations of sexual harassment against the President of Wrestling Federation of India and some wrestling coaches. According to reports, India’s famous women Olympic wrestlers have accused the WFI president and some coaches of sexually harassing women wrestlers. This is a very serious matter.

The commission has sought a copy of the complaints made by the women wrestlers against the coaches and the WFI president and the action taken on them. The DCW has also sought a copy of the FIR, details of the arrested accused and action taken report in the case from the police by January 21. The DCW has issued a notice to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports seeking details of the complaints made by the women wrestlers against the coaches and the WFI president as well as the action taken on them.

The commission has also sought details of the internal complaints committee set up by the Wrestling Federation of India. It has been said in the notice sent to the Sports Ministry, if no internal complaints committee has been constituted, then please give the reasons for the same. Whether the matter of sexual harassment of women at workplace has been forwarded to Internal Complaints Committee and Local Complaints Committee. If the matter has not been forwarded to those Committees, please give the reasons therefor.

The DCW has sought details of the action taken against the accused coaches and the WFI president in connection with the allegations leveled by women wrestlers till January 21.

dcw sends notice to sports ministry over sexual harassment allegations against wfi chief

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