Minor lodged statement against Brij Bhushan
The court issued notice to the Delhi Police on a petition by the protesting wrestlers.
The statement of a minor, who has made an allegation of sexual harassment against Wrestling Federation of India President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, has been recorded before a magistrate. The police gave this information on Thursday. A Delhi court on Wednesday sought a status report from the Delhi Police by May 12 in the sexual assault case against Singh.
The court issued notice to the Delhi Police on a petition by the protesting wrestlers. The plea has requested that the investigation be monitored and the statements of the alleged victims be recorded before the court. A senior police officer said the statement of the minor female wrestler has been recorded before a magistrate under section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
The statements of the remaining six women wrestlers will also be recorded before the magistrate soon. Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure deals with recording of statement before a Magistrate. The police have recorded the statements of all the seven women wrestlers, including the minor complainant, under section 161 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Section 161 of the Code of Criminal Procedure deals with the examination of witnesses by the police.
Human rights commission sent notice to wrestling federation and sports ministry
The National Human Rights Commission has taken serious note of media reports that there is no internal complaints committee for complaints of sexual harassment in the Wrestling Federation of India. The Commission has issued notices to several sports bodies including the Union Secretary for Youth and Sports Affairs, Sports Authority of India, Wrestling Federation of India and BCCI. All have been asked to give a detailed explanation on this issue to the commission within four weeks.
It was reported in the media on May 4 that there is no internal complaints committee in five sports federations, including the Wrestling Federation. Four do not have committee members, while some sports federations lack outside members required by law. There are two committees in a sports association, but not even one of them is an independent member.
The Commission is of the view that the Prevention of Sexual Harassment Act, 2013 mandates having an Internal Complaints Committee. The Commission has expressed concern over non-compliance of this law by 15 out of 30 National Sports Federations of the country. The Commission has also asked the Sports Federations, Sports Authority and Sports Ministry to tell what steps are being taken to solve this problem. raised and what they propose to raise.