Chief of Delhi Commission for Women Swati Maliwal demanded immediate arrest of Wrestling Federation of India Chief and BJP MP Brij Bhushan and release of the female wrestlers and their families protesting against the same at Jantar Mantar.
She wrote her request to the commissioner of police.
Top wrestlers including Sakshi Malik, Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat were detained following a clash with the police personnel as they tried to stop the wrestlers from marching towards the New Parliament which was being inaugurated on Sunday.
At the same time the Delhi Police cleared the site of Janatar Mantar where the protesters were holding their protest for over a month now.
The DCW Chief Sakshi Maliwal in her letter to the Police wrote that she was deeply pained after hearing that the police manhandled and detained the female wrestlers and their families for protesting peacefully at Jangar Mantar.
In her letter she further wrote, “upon the intervention of the Supreme Court, two FIRs were registered in the matter against the accused person who already has around 40 other ongoing criminal cases against him, however, despite a minor girl alleging sexual harassment by the accused parliamentarian, Delhi Police has failed to arrest him till date. This has forced the female wrestlers to stage a protest at Jantar Mantar which has been ongoing for the past one month”
She even questioned why there was so much delay in arresting the WFU Chief. “In Delhi, every day around 6 cases of sexual assault are reported and in each case, Delhi Police attempts to arrest the accused person. Then why has Brij Bhushan Singh not been arrested till date? If this is not blatant injustice, what is?,” asked the DCW Chief.
“This apparent partisan attitude of Delhi Police which is being seen as siding with the accused parliamentarian has made a mockery of justice and forced the women wrestlers to sit and sleep on the streets of Delhi,” Maliwal also said.
“The women wrestlers today along with their families were manhandled and forcefully detained and taken away by Delhi Police. Several videos depicting the same have been going viral on social media. The manner in which these women champions are being dragged on the streets by Delhi Police is extremely unbecoming of the force,” the letter further stated.
“By denying them justice and forcefully detaining them for raising their voice against sexual harassment, Delhi Police is demoralizing the women and girls of this country against reporting cases of sexual harassment and fighting for justice,” DCW Chief wrote in her letter.