With the Supreme Courtroom taking cognizance of their sexual harassment complaints on Tuesday, the wrestlers sitting on protest are hopeful of a constructive decision to their calls for however insist they may proceed to sit down in protest until a tangible motion is taken.
The protesting wrestlers have sought submitting of FIR towards former Wrestling Federation of India president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh and taking him into custody.
“We have no faith in or hope from the government, they have already manipulated and let us down. We only have hope from the supreme court. We cannot say this is a win in any way but yes, I think we can call it the first step towards justice,” Sakshi Malik stated.
Bajrang Punia too shunned studying an excessive amount of into the court docket order. “That the highest court in the country has admitted our complaint and questioned the Delhi Police on not registering the FIR is a positive step and gives us hope. But as wrestlers, we know that no fight is over till the end. We are not going anywhere till something actually happens on our complaint,” he declared.
The wrestlers have claimed threats, bribes and strain on the complainants — there are seven ladies wrestlers who’ve been talked about however the court docket has ordered the redaction of all names from the general public area and resealing of the complaints — and blamed some coaches and officers of doing so on behalf of Singh.
“There were 15 girls who deposed in front of the committee formed by ministry. It is now down to seven in court. There is a lot of pressure of all kinds on everyone including us. They want to break us and end our protest but that will not happen. Everyone is welcome to meet us here including government but we will not go anywhere. Who will be responsible if anything happens to us,” Bajrang added.
Sangeet Phogat admitted it was powerful in an essential 12 months for the wrestlers. “We have the Asian Games and the Olympic qualifiers. We have not trained for a long time and there is very little time left also. But between career and respect, the latter will always win. We are told we are lying, we are asked why we did not file any FIR. Now we are doing that but the system is not supporting us.
“When we first protested, we thought it was a serious issue and will be taken seriously. The government gave us assurance and we believed it, we were naive. But now we understand this fight can continue for long. We are prepared for it and have realised that this is a different battle. But from tomorrow we will train here only, we will get mats, exercise and work out,” she declared.
Singh, in the meantime, refused to remark, saying the matter was subjudice and the court docket will determine. The matter is scheduled for Friday.