Wrestlers' protest turns the spotlight on sexual harassment in sports

Instances of sexual harassment don't get spoken about enough, say players

Wrestlers, protesting wrestlers

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Akshara Srivastava New Delhi
It is a warm May morning and the anguish in the air is palpable. Just across the wall from Jantar Mantar, the 18th century observatory in the heart of Delhi, a high-profile protest is on. It is over 15 days since India’s top wrestlers, among them Olympians, have been huddled here, demanding the arrest of Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, chief of the Wrestling Federation of India and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP, against whom several players have levelled allegations of sexual harassment and intimidation.

As the clock strikes 11.30, they all rise to sing the national anthem. Some days ago, farmers from Haryana had broken through police barricades to join them. Khap panchayats, too, have lent their support. And on

First Published: May 11 2023 | 5:04 PM IST

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