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#metoo probe committee member leaks sensitive info: Wrestler Phoghat

#metoo probe committee member leaks sensitive info: Wrestler Phoghat

Sakshi Malik, Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia. (TIE photo)

On the ongoing bitter spell between the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) and Wrestlers, post sexual harassment accusations against the body's chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, new issues are adding up on the matter. After harassment allegations arose, a committee was formed to investigate the athletes' allegations against Sharan Singh, NDTV reported.

Wrestler Vinesh Phogat has now emerged with a new allegation that a member of the probe committee is leaking sensitive information to the press and demanded strong action against the person. Phogat's allegation comes while there is no development on the probe into #metoo allegations against Sharan Singh.

Phogat took to Twitter, saying that the said member of the committee leaked the contents of the complaint to the media.

Her post read, "It has come to my recent awareness that a sportsperson member of the Oversight Committee has been allegedly leaking contents of the complaint of sexual harassment while reading certain media reports since yesterday. Being a sportsperson, it is extremely disheartening to see a fellow sportsperson member of the Oversight Committee behaves so recklessly. Their attitude towards women is evident from such behaviour."

She wrote, "It is even more appalling that this sportsperson is a member of both the committees enquiring upon the sexual harassment allegations against high-ranking office bearers of the WFI. All this has placed great mistrust towards the committee proceedings. I am feeling let down at the not just weak but also strategic attempts of this committee member towards what should have been a fair and just investigation. I request that strict action be taken against the member for using his position in such a manner and that they should be immediately removed from the committee."

"The concern is not limited to the proceedings of this investigation itself as I'm sure that the former President is finding support from this member. This member has been acting against the interest of women from day one. The lack of empathy and insensitivity displayed by this sportsperson was shocking during the proceedings of the committee. I request this matter to be investigated and all necessary actions to be taken immediately," Phogat appealed.

Recently there were reports that the Ministry of Sports is not at all pleased with wrestlers who opted out of multiple international events amid the feud with WFI.

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