Delhi Court Charges BJP MP Brij Bhushan Singh for Sexual Harassment of Female Wrestlers: Use of Force to Outrage Modesty

In a landmark decision, a Delhi court has ordered the framing of charges against BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh for sexual harassment and outraging the modesty of female wrestlers. The court found sufficient evidence to proceed with the charges, marking a significant moment in the ongoing struggle against sexual misconduct in sports.

Delhi Court Charges BJP MP Brij Bhushan Singh for Sexual Harassment of Female Wrestlers: Use of Force to Outrage Modesty ( image credit: Google/Hindustan)

The case, which has garnered national attention, involves allegations from multiple female wrestlers who accused Singh, also the former chief of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), of using his position of power to sexually harass them. The court’s ruling is based on testimonies and material evidence that point towards the alleged misuse of authority by the MP to exploit the athletes.

The charges against Singh include Section 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and Section 354A (Sexual Harassment) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The court also noted sufficient grounds for charges under Section 506 (1) (Criminal intimidation) for two of the victims.

This decision has been met with a wave of support from the sports community, with prominent figures like Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia hailing the court’s move as a step forward in ensuring justice and safety for athletes. The case has shed light on the darker aspects of sports administration in India, where power dynamics often silence the voices of victims.

The allegations first came to light when the wrestlers took a stand against Singh, leading to widespread outrage and calls for accountability. The Delhi Police’s investigation resulted in a comprehensive chargesheet that included statements from over 22 witnesses, corroborating the claims made by the wrestlers.

The court’s directive to frame charges is not a declaration of guilt but indicates that there is enough evidence for the case to go to trial. Singh’s legal team has previously sought further investigation, claiming discrepancies in the allegations. However, the court has dismissed these requests, setting the stage for a full-fledged trial.

As the case progresses, it remains a pivotal moment for India’s sporting world, highlighting the need for robust mechanisms to protect athletes from abuse and harassment. The outcome of this trial could potentially influence the future of sports governance and the fight against sexual harassment in India.

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