Indian Olympic Medalist Sakshi Malik Slams BJP for Granting Lok SabhaTicketto Son of Accused Sexual Harasser

BJP grants Lok Sabha ticket to Karan Bhushan Singh, son of former WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, accused of sexually harassing women wrestlers. Opposition parties and Olympic medalist Sakshi Malik criticize the decision, demanding justice for the wrestlers.

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Indian Olympic Medalist Sakshi Malik Slams BJP for Granting Lok SabhaTicketto Son of Accused Sexual Harasser

Indian Olympic Medalist Sakshi Malik Slams BJP for Granting Lok SabhaTicketto Son of Accused Sexual Harasser

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has come under fire for granting a Lok Sabha ticket to Karan Bhushan Singh, the son of former Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, who stands accused of sexually harassing women wrestlers. The decision has sparked outrage among opposition parties and Indian Olympic medalist Sakshi Malik, who has been at the forefront of the protests against Brij Bhushan.

Why this matters: This decision raises concerns about the BJP's commitment to women's safety and empowerment, and has implications for the party's stance on gender-based violence. It also highlights the need for accountability and transparency in political parties' selection processes.

Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, a six-term MP, is currently facing criminal charges of sexually harassing women wrestlers. A Delhi Police chargesheet has indicated that Singh is "liable to be prosecuted and punished for offences" of sexual harassment, molestation, and stalking, based on allegations levelled by six top wrestlers. Despite the serious nature of the accusations, the BJP has likely, field his son, Karan Bhushan Singh, from the Kaiserganj constituency in Uttar Pradesh for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Sakshi Malik, who won a bronze medal in wrestling at the 2016 Rio Olympics, expressed her disappointment and outrage on social media platform 'X', stating: "The daughters of the country lost, Brij Bhushan won." She emphasized that the wrestlers' demand for justice had been ignored, despite their sacrifices, including putting their careers at stake and sleeping on the streets for many days.

Malik questioned the BJP's decision, asking: "Leave the arrest, today by giving ticket to his son you have broken the morale of crores of daughters of the country. If the ticket goes to only one family, is the country's government so weak in front of one man? Only votes are needed in the name of Lord Shri Ram, what about the path shown by him?"

Opposition parties have also criticized the BJP's move. Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said, "Just when we thought that the Prajwal Revanna scandal had exposed the depths of the BJP's depravity, they show that there are always new lows for them to fall to. They have now rewarded Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, accused of sexual harassment by many of our women wrestlers, with a ticket for his son."

Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi echoed similar sentiments, stating: "Father Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh's ticket, gives to son. Do you talk of giving justice to women like this?... You put one's hat on another's head. You are trying to fool the people. Shameful." Trinamool Congress (TMC) Rajya Sabha MP Sagarika Ghose called the BJP's decision "shameful and disgraceful," adding that it shows the party's slogans on women empowerment are "hollow, shallow, meaningless and bogus."

The controversy surrounding Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh began last year when six women wrestlers, including Sakshi Malik and Vinesh Phogat, accused him of sexual harassment. The wrestlers staged a massive protest at Delhi's Jantar Mantar, demanding Singh's arrest. A case was registered against him by the Delhi Police in June 2023, and he was granted bail on July 20, 2023. An order on framing of charges against the six-term BJP MP has been reserved by a Delhi court.

During their protest, the wrestlers had demanded that none of Brij Bhushan's relatives or close aides should be allowed to contest the WFIelections. However, the BJP leader's close aide, Sanjay Singh, was unanimously elected the new WFI chief last December, leading Sakshi Malik to announce her retirement from the sport.

The BJP's decision to field Karan Bhushan Singh from the Kaiserganj constituency has raised questions about the party's commitment to women's safety and empowerment. With the Lok Sabha elections approaching, the controversy is likely to remain a contentious issue, with opposition parties and activists continuing to demand justice for the women wrestlers and accountability from the BJP.

Key Takeaways

  • BJP grants Lok Sabha ticket to Karan Bhushan Singh, son of accused WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.
  • Brij Bhushan faces criminal charges of sexual harassment, molestation, and stalking from six top wrestlers.
  • Sakshi Malik and opposition parties criticize BJP's decision, questioning commitment to women's safety and empowerment.
  • BJP's move sparks outrage, with many calling it "shameful" and "disgraceful."
  • Controversy raises questions about accountability and transparency in political parties' selection processes.