Crime & Justice

Indian Supreme Court to hear plea by wrestlers alleging sexual abuse

New Delhi, Apr 25 (EFE).- The Supreme Court of India agreed Tuesday to hear a plea by wrestlers alleging sexual abuse by the president of the country’s wrestling federation and several coaches in the body.

“There are serious allegations made in the petition by wrestlers who have represented India and sexual harassment meted out to them. The matter requires consideration by this court,” the Court said in its order, according to specialized legal media Bar and Bench.

Seven female wrestlers, including a minor, approached the apex court to denounce inaction of the New Delhi police, who failed to registered any case for sexual abuse against Wrestling Federation of India president and ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker Brijbhushan Sharan Singh despite repeated complaints.

This inaction has led several wrestlers from across India to protest at Jantar Mantar, a street in the capital popular among protesters, where they vow to remain until the authorities take action against those accused.

Three months ago, top wrestlers publicly denounced years of alleged sexual abuse within the WFI and directly accused its president of involvement in the matter.

The consequent scandal prompted the authorities of the south Asian country to announce the formation of an investigative committee led by boxer Mary Kom.

But the lack of action until now prompted several wrestlers to file a complaint with the police last week on Friday. However, the police are yet to file any charges.

The alleged sexual abuse and harassment were committed by Singh and coaches in the WFI with impunity, while the federation was aware of their practices, according to the athletes.

Meanwhile, Singh has continued to claim innocence and called the allegations a political conspiracy, while refusing to resign from office. EFE


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