Delhi Police Registers FIRs Against WFI President on Charges of Sexual Harassment

Two FIRs were registered by the Delhi Police on April 28, 2023, against the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) President, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh; one pertaining to allegations made by a minor under the provisions of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 and the Indian Penal Code, 1860, and the other for investigating the claims of the other complainants under the IPC for outraging the modesty of a woman.

The complainants filed a writ petition before the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the Delhi Police to register an FIR against the accused. After conducting a preliminary enquiry, the Delhi Police deduced that the allegations warranted the registration of an FIR and subsequently informed the court that the FIR would be registered.

In this case, the Supreme Court directed that adequate security be provided to the complainant, who’s a minor and stated that protection has to be extended to the other complainants as well if necessary.

Earlier, a seven-member committee was constituted by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to probe the charges of sexual harassment levelled against the WFI President (click here to read more). Likewise, the Sports Ministry set up an oversight committee regarding wrestlers’ protests at Jantar Mantar back in January.

The wrestlers resumed the protests in April, and the Supreme Court will hear the matter next on May 5, 2023.