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Major Turn of Events
In a significant development, Brij Bhushan Saran Singh, (still) the Chief of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) and a Member of Parliament from the ruling party, is facing severe legal trouble. He is accused of repeated and continuing sexual harassment by several female wrestlers. The Delhi Police have filed a chargesheet against him, and the case has garnered public attention and outrage.
Chargesheet Filed against Brij Bhushan Singh
The 1000 page chargesheet filed by the Delhi Police is supported by the statements of 108 witnesses, including coaches, wrestlers, and referees. These witnesses have affirmed the allegations made by the female wrestlers against Brij Bhushan Saran Singh. The chargesheet outlines six allegations of sexual harassment, pointing to a pattern of misconduct.
Court Proceedings and Order:
On the 7th of July, Brij Bhushan Singh was summoned to the Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court. The court reviewed the evidence presented and deemed it sufficient to proceed with the case. The accused has been ordered to appear before the court on the 18th of July to defend himself against the charges. This legal development signals that Brij Bhushan Saran Singh may face prosecution and subsequent punishment for his alleged offenses.
Allegations and Charges Against Brij Bhushan Singh
Brij Bhushan Saran Singh has been charged under sections 354, 354A, and 354D of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). These sections encompass assault or criminal force with intent to outrage modesty, sexual harassment, and stalking, respectively. If convicted, he could face a maximum jail term of five years under section 354, three years under section 354A, and three years under section 354D.
Attacking the Reporter and Social Media Backlash:
Adding to the already grave situation, on the 11th of July, Brij Bhushan Singh was involved in an incident with a Times Now reporter. As the reporter questioned him regarding the sexual harassment charges, he allegedly broke the microphone, demonstrating a clear act of aggression. The incident has sparked widespread outrage on social media, with netizens condemning his behavior and labeling it as barbaric.
Reaction from Swati Maliwal, Chief of Delhi Commission of Women:
Swati Maliwal, the Chief of Delhi Commission of Women, expressed her strong disapproval of Brij Bhushan Saran Singh’s behavior. In a tweet, she highlighted his audacity to exhibit such behavior in front of the camera and questioned how he might behave behind closed doors. Her statement reflects the public sentiment of outrage and demands for justice in this case.
Brij Bhushan Saran Singh, the Chief of Wrestling Federation of India and a Member of Parliament, finds himself in a precarious legal situation. The chargesheet filed against him by the Delhi Police, supported by witness statements, outlines multiple allegations of sexual harassment. Additionally, his recent mic-breaking incident has further intensified the public backlash against him. As the case proceeds, the nation awaits justice and hopes for a fair and impartial trial.