INDIA: In a significant development, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the chief of The Wrestling Federation of India, has been cleared of all charges under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. Previously, the BJP leader had faced grave accusations of sexual assault against a minor, leading to legal proceedings.
However, a recent judgment from the high court revealed that the father of the minor admitted that while the WFI chief’s conduct was “partial in nature against her,” he had not sexually harassed his daughter.
The victim’s father expressed that he had levied the sexual harassment allegations against Brij Bhushan out of frustration. The provocation stemmed from his daughter’s failure in the finals of last year’s trials for the Asian Championship. He further provided a fresh statement, stating, “The entire match staff was from Delhi, including the girl from the opposition team, which is illegal… I have altered my statement.”
“Some allegations were true, while others were false. Brij Bhushan did not sexually harass my daughter, but his approach was biased against her… I received threatening calls, but I choose not to disclose the identities. I had to sell my house to cover my daughter’s expenses. Without any external influence, I decided to re-record my statement,” he added.
Furthermore, the minor’s father declared, “We harbor no ill feelings towards Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. On June 5, we provided fresh statements and modified some of our earlier statements. As a father of a girl, I do not wish to engage in this conflict. I did not withdraw the complaint but rather provided updated statements. We made false allegations in anger, and my daughter faced some issues, but the accusations mentioned in the FIR were untrue.”
This marks the second occasion on which the minor’s family has been implicated in fraudulent claims, as a close family member had previously disclosed that the girl is not a minor.
The filed FIR against the WFI chief stated, “The girl’s father alleged that Brij Bhushan forcefully pressed her shoulder and intentionally slipped his hand under her shoulder.”
Brij Bhushan allegedly made remarks such as, “Support me, and I will support you. Stay in touch with me.” The minor girl had recorded her statement before a magistrate in New Delhi, under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPc), against Brij Bhushan.
It is evident that the entire narrative was fabricated with the intent to seek revenge against the WFI chief. As a result, the court will now take stern action against the minor’s father for defaming the leader of the saffron party.