Cricketers voice concern for India's protesting wrestlers, ask for justice
Kapil Dev, Harbhajan Singh, Virender Sehwag among those to come out in support of the wrestlers, who have levelled sexual-harassment allegations against the wrestling federation chief
Kapil Dev, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan and Shikha Pandey have become the first cricketers to break their silence on the protests being carried out by India's top wrestlers demanding the dismissal of Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the Indian wrestling federation chief. The wrestlers have alleged that Singh sexually abused and exploited women wrestlers over the past decade.
On Friday afternoon, the Delhi Police agreed to investigate the charges against Singh, a week after the complaint was first filed and only after the wrestlers moved the Supreme Court for action. But the wrestlers' larger mission is to remove Singh from his position as federation chief, and to draw attention to the charges against him.
"Will they ever get justice," Kapil asked in an Instagram post with a photograph of Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik - the latter two Olympic medalists - who have been leading a protest at New Delhi's Jantar Mantar for the past five days. They were part of a group of 30-odd wrestlers at Jantar Mantar in January this year, too, when they made public the allegations against Singh, a member of parliament from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.