DU student’s criticism of ABVP on social media leads to political slugfest

RSTV Bureau
From the profile photo of Ms Gurmehar Kaur, the DU student who has criticised the ABVP after the scuffle at Ramjas College last week.  Photo - Facebook/gurmehark

From the profile photo of Ms Gurmehar Kaur, the DU student who has criticised the ABVP after the scuffle at Ramjas College last week.
Photo – Facebook/gurmehark

Hours after a Delhi University student, who went public on social media strongly criticising the RSS-backed student’s outfit ABVP on Ramjas scuffle incident, allegedly received rape threats on the same forum, the issue has now snowballed further with politician joining the fray.

Gurmehar Kaur, the student of prestigious Lady Sri Ram College, told the press that she was been targeted by a barrage of hate messages and threats after taking a very strong stand against ABVP.

“I have been getting a lot of threats on social media. I think it is very scary when people threaten you with violence or with rape,” she told a private news and current affairs channel.

Gurmehar, who is a 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”.

“It was not an attack on protesters, but an attack on every notion of democracy that is held dear in every Indian’s heart… The stones that you pelt hit our bodies, but fail to bruise our ideas. This profile picture is my way of protesting against the tyranny of fear,” she said in a strongly worded post, which has so far got over 5,600 reactions, naerly 4,000 shares and about 2,000 comments.

Giving rape threats “in the name of nationalism” is not right, she further added in her statement to the press after receiving threats.

FILE: New Delhi: Police detaining ABVP activists after their clash with AISA students at Delhi University in Delhi, Feb 22, 2017. Photo - PTI

FILE: New Delhi: Police detaining ABVP activists after their clash with AISA students at Delhi University in Delhi, Feb 22, 2017.
Photo – PTI

Soon after, the support poured in for her. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal backed her tweeting, “Just listen to this. THIS is BJP. They will destroy our country. Everyone must rise against their goondaism,” sharing her statement.

However, veiled criticism too followed with Indian cricketer Virendra Sehwag seemingly taking a trivial view of her stand against the RSS-affiliated outfit ABVP.

But the issue snowballed with MoS Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju joining the issue, which drew 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.

Criticising the central minister’s tweet, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said, “This is an example of fascist culture. She is just not anybody. She is the daughter of a Kargil martyr. Her family understands the meaning of sacrifice. If she condemns violence and you treat her like that… it is a perfect example of fascist mindset.”

“It is extremely unfortunate and highly reprehensible. Needs to be condemned in the strongest terms that an alternative point of view, if not liked or accepted, will be met by state intimidation and state-sponsored violence whether it is in the real or virtual world,” the Congress leader further said.

Clashes had broken last week outside Ramjas College in North Campus of Delhi University 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.

(With inputs from the PTI)