In a crucial development in the month-long protests from the women wrestlers who demand the arrest of BJP MP and Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief, Brij Bhushan Singh, whom they accused of sexual harassment, the wrestlers had met Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday - June 3 and held a late-night meeting at the latter's residence in Delhi.
It is the first time that the wrestlers had a rendezvous with Amit Shah since they staged protests and it also had become the first event where a high-profile leader from the Modi regime had intervened into the wrestlers' protest. According to IANS, the wrestlers discussed the matter related to their protest against Brij Bhushan Singh and though the meeting was significant, the government is yet to make its decision on the wrestlers demand - arrest BJP MP Singh for sexually harassing the wrestlers including a minor.
The meeting with Amit Shah has come five days after the wrestlers announced that they will immerse their medals that they won in the international stages including Olympics in the Ganga river and then, they gave a five-day ultimatum to the BJP regime to initiate action against Singh. It has been reported that the protesting wrestlers including Sakshi Malik, Vinesh Phogat, and Bajrang Punia had shared their concerns with Home Minister Amit Shah.
While the Home Minister listened to their demands, no decision has been reached and that the wrestlers continue their agitation. Responding to the demands from the wrestlers that an impartial probe should be launched against Brij Bhushan Singh, Amit Shah told them, "Let the law take its own course." The reports say that the wrestlers have sought a meeting with the Home Minister after their five-day ultimatum came to an end on Saturday.
The Delhi Police, which comes under the jurisdiction of Amit Shah-led Union Ministry of Home Affairs, had filed two FIRs against BJP MP Brij Bhushan Singh. However, there was no concrete action against the saffron party's Lok Sabha MP, who has a grim record as a parliamentarian. While one of the FIRs was filed under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, that warrants an immediate arrest of the accused, the law is yet to take its course on Brij Bhushan Singh.
Earlier, the Delhi Police sparked a public outrage for their clampdown against the wrestlers. The Delhi police officials accused the protesting wrestlers of rioting while they were marching towards the newly-constructed Parliament on May 28, during its inauguration ceremony. During the march, the police manhandled and detained several wrestling champions and the police had also shut the Jantar Mantar protest site.
The events have been in favour of the accused BJP MP Brij Bhushan Singh, who had earlier vowed, "If a single allegation against me is proven, I will hang myself. If you (wrestlers) have any evidence, present it to the court and I am ready to accept any punishment." The protests had also drawn a sharp attention internationally with the United World Wrestling (UWW) issued a statement condemning the detention of the wrestlers and slamming the government's lukewarm response in taking action against the accused BJP MP.