Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur, who took a public stand on social media criticising the RSS-affiliated student outfit ABVP after the scuffle in Ramjas College, has withdrawn her campaign. The student, who is daughter of a Kargil martyr, had also lodged a complaint of receiving rape threats on the post she wrote on Facebook.
“I’m withdrawing from the campaign. Congratulations everyone. I said what I had to say. I have been through a lot and this is all that my 20 year old self could take,” she wrote on her Facebook post.
Her “campaign” had created furore with even both the ruling party BJP and opposition Congress jumping in the debate. Former cricketer Virendra Sehwag and actor Randeep Hooda, too had joined the issue, taking light of her views on the social media.
“This campaign was never about me but students. Please go in huge numbers for the March. Best of luck. To anyone questioning my courage and bravery I have shown enough. One thing is for sure that we will think twice before resorting to threats and violence and this is all that this was about,” she wrote, ending by saying “I request to be left alone”.
Earlier, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had thrown his weight behind the 20-year-old student of DU’s prestigious Lady Sri Ram College.
“Against the tyranny of fear we stand with our students. For every voice raised in anger, intolerance & ignorance there will be a Gurmehar Kaur,” Gandhi had tweeted on Monday.
Gandhi’s remarks came after bitter war of words between the politicians dominated the issue. The issue particularly snowballed after MoS Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju commented on twitter, which drew a sharp reaction from the Congress party.
“Who’s polluting this young girl’s mind? A strong Arm Force prevents a war. India never attacked anyone but a weak India was always invaded,” Rijiju said on twitter.
Last week, Gurmehar, daughter of Kargil martyr Captain Mandeep Singh, had changed her Facebook profile picture holding a placard which read “I am a student from Delhi University. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me. #StudentsAgainstABVP”.
On Monday, she complained of getting rape threats after which Delhi Commission of Women (DCE) wrote to the Delhi Police commissioner demanding security cover for her. The Delhi Police has now filed an FIR against “unknown persons” for giving threats to Gurmehar, while Delhi Home Guards have been deployed to provide her security.
Clashes had broken last week outside Ramjas College in North Campus of Delhi University between the RSS-backed ABVP and Left-bakced AISA over the seminar invite to JNU student Umar Khalid and former JNU Student’s Union leader Shehla Rashid. ABVP was raising protest demanding the cancellation of invite to both the students.
Several students and some teachers were left injured after the incident. Delhi police, which has admitted of lapses from their personnel while handling the situation, is now probing the matter.
(With inputs from the PTI)