Wrestlers protest: Wrestlers to throw their medals in river Ganga, Haridwar todaytext_fields
New Delhi: In the most recent action, all the protesting wrestlers—including Sakshi Malik, Vinesh Phogat, and Bajrang Punia—will travel to Haridwar on Tuesday evening to cast all of their medals into the holy river Ganga.
The wrestlers who were protesting stated they will return to Delhi and stage a hunger strike at India Gate after that.
Olympic bronze medalist Malik, along with other wrestlers, posted a message on Twitter in which they vehemently denounced the Delhi Police action.
"We are going to discard our medals in holy river Ganga. These medals are our lives, our souls. There would be no reason to live after leaving them in the Ganga today. So, we will stage a hunger strike until death at India Gate after that," read the statement in Hindi.
The wrestlers said the Prime Minister "who calls us our daughters", did not even once show his concern "for us".
"Rather, he invited Brij Bhushan Singh to the inauguration of the new Parliament building. He even posed for photographs," the statement said.
Top wrestlers, including Vinesh, Sakshi and Bajrang, are protesting against the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh over sexual harassment of female athletes, including a minor.
The protest which started on April 23 at Jantar Mantar saw heartbreaking visuals on the day of the new Parliament building's inauguration when Delhi Police cracked down on them in the midst of their march.
As the protesters tried to breach the security cordon, a fierce tussle broke out -- the wrestlers and cops pushed, shoved and grappled with one another.
With inputs from IANS