Reacting to the criticism received on social media, including former cricketer Virender Sehwag and Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda, DU student Gurmehar Kaur who took a public stand against ABVP, said she is “disappointed”. The two celebrities had today taken a light view of Ms Kaur’s stand, even calling her a “political pawn”.
“I’m really disappointed with the statements about my campaign especially from the ‘famous’ people who are questioning my nationalism. Two things I want to clarify is that they don’t understand my idea of patriotism and this student campaign is not a political movement,” she said in a strongly worded reaction to the press.
“It is about students and our campuses being safe from violent threats and it doesn’t matter what organisation it comes from. Nobody can threaten rape to anyone. No matter where he comes from and what his background is,” she added.
Ms Kaur was speaking with the press after her meeting with Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal in New Delhi. She has complained of receiving rape threats after criticising the RSS-affiliated student’s outfit ABVP on social media after scuffle incident at Ramjas College last week.
24-year-old Gurmehar Kaur, who is also a daughter of Kargil martyr Captain Mandeep Singh, started the campaign “I am not afraid of ABVP” following violence at Ramjas college which went viral and received massive support from students across universities.
After she took a strong public stand against the ABVP, following its scuffle outside Ramjas College with the Left backed AISA over an invite to JNU student Umar Khalid for an event, her classmates and peers started sharing the post. It further prompted students from various varsities across the country to change their profile pictures with similar placards.
Meanwhile, DCW chief Swati Maliwal termed the act “shameful” and wrote to Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik demanding that an FIR be registered against the “abusers” and security be provided to the girl and her family.
“She (Kaur) has been subjected to extreme abuse and rape threats online. Her complaint is self explanatory and contains relevant screenshots of rape threats and abuse as evidence” Maliwal said.
“Considering the gravity of the situation and the threats received, it is recommended that the girl and her family be provided police protection and an FIR be immediately registered against the abusers,” Maliwal said in the letter.
“It is highly unfortunate and shameful that a strong and independent young girl is being threatened and abused for taking a stand against hooligans. It is deeply perturbing that the threats appear to have silent support of some celebrities and leaders as well,” she added.
(With inputs from the PTI)