It is a defining moment for India’s sportswomen as some of its star wrestlers grapple with prejudice and patriarchy to bring WFI president and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh to book for alleged sexual offences
ISSUE DATE: Jun 26, 2023 | UPDATED: Jun 16, 2023 21:26 IST
Police detain wrestlers during their protest march towards the new Parliament building in Delhi, May 28; (Photo: Getty Images)
TIME CAN GRIND DOWN EVEN THE STRONGEST. Olympic medallists Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik and Asian Games gold medallist Vinesh Phogat might have trained to be fighters nearly all their lives but, on May 30, standing on the banks of the Ganga at Har ki Pauri in Haridwar, for the first time, the fight went out of them. Shielded by a human chain of family members and friends, they wept, clutching a bounty of hard-earned medals—two Olympic, six World Championship and four Asian Games between the three—their “life and soul”, as they called them.