Olympic medallists Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia, who re-joined their works, rejected the reports about quitting their fight for justice. They asserted that the wrestlers have not backed down from the protest.
The Delhi Police stopped the rally of the wrestlers to the new Parliament house on May 28 and vacated their protesting site at Jantar Mantar. Post this, Sakshi Malik was seen attending her job at Railways. It was rumoured that she was back to work with a fear of losing her job. She took to Twitter to slam the reports on Monday. She asserted that she is ready to lose her job to fight for justice.
Sakshi Malik tweeted a screenshot of a news channel and captioned it with, “This news is completely wrong. In the fight for justice, none of us has backed down, nor will we. Along with Satyagraha, I am fulfilling my responsibility in Railways. Our fight continues till justice is served. Please don’t spread any wrong news.”
Sakshi Malik added, “Those who told our medals to be worth Rs 15 each are now after our jobs. Our life is at stake, a job is a very small thing in front of that. If the job is seen to be an obstacle in the way of justice, then we will not take even ten seconds to leave it. Do not show fear of job.”
Bajrang Punia termed reports of withdrawing the FIR as “completely false”. He tweeted, “The news of withdrawing the movement is just a rumour. Such news are being spread to harm us. We have neither retreated nor have we withdrawn the movement. The news of women wrestlers taking back the FIR is also false. The fight will continue till justice is served.”
Asian Games gold medallist Vinesh Phogat also hit out at those ‘spreading fake’ reports. Borrowing a verse from Urdu poet Abid Adeeb, the Asian Games gold medallist tweeted, “Do those who spread fake news even realise the trauma that women wrestlers are going through? Weak media has legs that start trembling in front of a goon’s hunter, not a female wrestler.”