DCW demands action against a man claiming to be minor wrestler's uncle for revealing her identity in media

A man who claims to be the minor’s girl’s uncle says she is over 20 years old and shows documents seeking to support his claim

DCW Chief Swati Maliwal

New Delhi, May 31

The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has written to Delhi Police demanding an FIR to be registered against a man who allegedly revealed online the identity of a minor complainant in the sexual harassment case against Wrestling Federation of India chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

A video was widely shared on social media wherein a man who claims to be the minor’s girl’s uncle says she is over 20 years old and shows documents seeking to support his claim. The man called the allegations of wrestlers false and claimed that the minor girl's family was kept in dark about the "hidden agenda" of the wrestlers. 

The video is bein shared widely on social media calling the wrestlers protest as "scripted". 

Reacting to the video, DCW Chief Swati Maliwal tweeted saying, “A man posing as the uncle of a minor girl who had filed a complaint against Brij Bhushan, is revealing the identity of the girl by showing her papers in the press. I am giving notice to the police, there should be an FIR against this man in POCSO. Is it because Brij Bhushan is free…so that there can be pressure on the victim?”

The DCW stated that revealing the identity of the survivor is an offence under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. 

In the letter to Delhi Police, Swati Maliwal had written, “The accused in the matter is highly influential and has not been arrested till date. The Hon’ble Supreme Court, considering the sensitivity of the case, and direct threat to the survivors, especially the minor one, had directed the police to provide them security…In such a scenario, the act of revealing the minor survivor’s identity has to be dealt with seriously". 

The commission has also demanded Singh’s arrest and an inquiry into whether Singh had anything to do with the revelation of the complainant’s identity.

The minor complainant, who along with six other wrestlers had lodged a case against WFI President Brij Bhushan Singh that he had sexually harassed them. The Delhi Police had registered two FIRs- one under the POCSO Act in connection with the alleged sexual harassment of the minor wrestler. 


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