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‘After failing in Olympic 53 kg trials, IT cell went after me’: Vinesh Phogat

‘After failing in Olympic 53 kg trials, IT cell went after me’: Vinesh Phogat

Vinesh Phogat and her fellow wrestlers unwavering determination and perseverance have not only led to legal victories but also sparked a movement for change.

In a recent turn of events, former Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh has had charges framed against him for sexual harassment and outraging the modesty of women. This development marks a significant milestone in the ongoing battle for justice led by Vinesh Phogat, a renowned figure in the Indian wrestling community.

Vinesh is a World Championship, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games medallist for India. She has won a quota for the Paris Olympics in 50kg weight category. This will be ace grappler’s third Olympics.

Victory Amidst Struggle for Vinesh Phogat

Vinesh Phogat, along with her fellow wrestlers, anxiously awaited news of the court proceedings on Friday, May 10. When the announcement of charges being framed against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh finally arrived, it signified a crucial victory in their fight for justice.

Phogat, known for her resilience both on and off the mat, expressed relief at the news, stating in Indian Express, “Today we can stand without fear, our head held high, look him in the eye, the man we were afraid of for so many years.”

Message of Empowerment

The framing of charges not only signifies a legal triumph but also sends a powerful message of empowerment. Phogat emphasised that women need not cower in the face of powerful individuals. Despite facing resistance and negative campaigns throughout their protests, Phogat and her allies remained steadfast in their pursuit of justice. She underscored the importance of speaking out against injustice, regardless of the obstacles encountered.

Challenges and Criticisms of IT cell

Throughout their journey, Vinesh Phogat and her fellow wrestlers encountered numerous challenges and criticisms. Despite facing backlash and trolling, they remained resolute in their cause. Phogat acknowledged the sacrifices made, including disruptions to her wrestling career and personal challenges faced by her peers.

Despite the hurdles, Phogat remained undeterred, focusing on the broader goal of achieving justice for women wrestlers.

The criticism of us wrestlers who protested has continued even after we stopped protesting at Jantar Mantar. It happens even when I am competing now. I didn’t win the 53 kg trials because I wanted to focus on 50 kg. I didn’t really go all out in 53 kg trials. Immediately, the IT cell went after me,” Vinesh Phogat wrote.

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Catalyst for Change

Vinesh Phogat expressed hope that their struggle would inspire others to speak out against injustice. She cited recent instances in other fields, such as football, where individuals have found the courage to address similar issues. Phogat believes that their fight for justice will have a positive impact beyond the realm of sports, empowering women across the country to raise their voices against harassment and discrimination.

Vinesh Phogat and her fellow wrestlers unwavering determination and perseverance have not only led to legal victories but also sparked a movement for change. As they continue their battle for justice, they serve as beacons of empowerment and inspiration for women everywhere.

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