POCSO Act being misused, claims WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh

He is accused of sexually harassing several female players, including an underage girl.

POCSO Act being misused, claims WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh

Wrestling Federation of India President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, who has been accused of several sexually harassing women wrestlers, claimed on Thursday that the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act was being misused, PTI reported.

Last month, the Delhi Police filed two cases against Singh, who is also a Bharatiya Janata Party MP. One of the cases pertains to allegations made by an underage girl and has been registered under the POCSO Act. The other case has been filed in connection to allegations made by the adult complainants.

The country’s top wrestlers have been staging a sit-in protest at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar since April 23, demanding Singh’s arrest.

On Thursday, the Wrestling Federation of India chief told reporters in Uttar Pradesh’s Bahraich city that the law against child sexual abuse was being misused against children, the elderly and seers. “Even officials are not immune to its misuse,” he said. “...Under the leadership of seers, we will force the government to change the [POCSO] law.”

Singh was in Bahraich to oversee preparations for a rally of seers called by him in Ayodhya on June 5. He has claimed that 11 lakh seers will participate in the event.

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