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May/04/2024 / by Team Seema

Female Indian wrestler Sakshi Malik among Time’s 100 most influential people

The only female Indian wrestler to ever win an Olympic medal—a bronze at the 2016 Rio Games—was included among Time magazine’s most influential people in the world.

In 2023, Sakshi Malik, 31, took on the fight against sexual harassment of women wrestlers, demonstrating during a sit-in protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi against former Wrestling Federation of India president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh in which she detained by police. Led by Malik, athletes asked for Singh’s firing, accusing him of sexually harassing female athletes. The protests led to  Singh being charged with sexual harassment, stalking, and intimidation, charges he has denied. However, Malik quit the sport in an emotional announcement after a close ally and business partner of Singh was elected to oversee the Wrestling Federation of India.

“This fight is no longer only for India’s female wrestlers,” said Malik of the movement she helped spark, “it is for the daughters of India whose voices have been silenced time and again.”


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