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Wrestler Sakshi Malik turns disappointed amid WFI formation of probe panel against her without consultation

Sakshi Malik turned disgusted on Tuesday regarding the formation of a panel into the sexual harassment allegations against her without consultation. 

By wasmulhaq 
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New Delhi: Wrestler Sakshi Malik, who was protesting in Delhi last week against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh over sexual exploitation and harassment issues, turned disgusted on Tuesday regarding the formation of a panel into the sexual harassment allegations against her without consultation.

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She reacted a day after the announcement of the five-member panel led by boxing legend Mary Kom and several other sports personalities.

In her tweet in Hindi, Sakshi Malik wrote: “We were assured that before the constitution of the Oversight Committee, we would be consulted.” “It’s very unfortunate that our suggestions were not taken.”

The three-day-long protests caught the attention of all sections. Boxer Vijender Singh, wrestler Bajrang Punia, and others turned up and participated in the demonstrations. They were demanding vengeance against BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, who was accused of sexual harassment. 

The protest was called off following the intervention and assurance from the central government, while the WFI chief was urged to step aside until the completion of the investigation. His activities have been suspended by the wrestling body. 

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The Union Sports Minister, Anurag Thakur, made the following remarks about the Oversight Committee on Monday: “The committee will investigate the grave accusations made against WFI chief.” It will hear from both sides, finish its investigation in a month, and then present a report. “The Committee will look after WFI’s functioning till the investigation is finished,” said Thakur.

Besides Mary Kom, the boxing great’s other members of the committee are London Olympics bronze medalist Yogeshwar Dutt, former badminton player Trupti Murgunde, a member of SAI’s Mission Olympic cell, and former SAI administrators Radhica Sreeman and Cdr Rajesh Rajagopalan.

Three out of the five candidates on the panel were proposed by the wrestlers who objected, claiming they were kept in the loop, according to news agency ANI, citing sources connected to the Sports Ministry who are familiar with the situation.

 

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