Though she had announced her withdrawal from the campaign against RSS-affiliated student outfit ABVP, Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur continued to receive support for her stand. Latest is prominent Bollywood star Vidya Balan and former cricketer Gautam Gambhir.
Gurmehar Kaur’s public stand against the ABVP following violent scuffle in Delhi University’s Ramjas College had created furore with even politicians jumping in the debate. She, however, withdrew her campaign on Tuesday. Before she withdrew, Ms Kaur was subject to rape threats and intense foul language on her Facebook post.
Joining the issue, former cricketer Virendra Sehwag and actor Randeep Hooda had taken a light of her views on the social media.
But a day after her withdrawal from the online campaign, Kaur, who is daughter of a Kargil War martyr, continues to draw support.
Taking a strong stand, cricketer Gautam Gambhir on Wednesday said, “mocking” or “ganging up” on Kaur was “despicable” and freedom of expression is absolute and equal for all.
“It is not an opportunity for everyone to show how patriotic they are and gang up on her to mock her. She is entitled to her opinion just as every other citizen is. Everyone may or may not agree with it but mocking her for it is despicable,” he said.
Actress Vidya Balan too came in her support saying, “… I think what we really need to do is respect people’s freedom of expression. ‘He said something she said something’, all are right in their place. But I don’t want to add anything more, everyone has the right to express what they feel.”
Ms Balan, however, added that violence should not happen and there is no justification for that.
Another Bollywood personality, writer and director Tigmanshu Dhulia said it is sad a mountain has been made out of a mole hill.
“She is an innocent girl, she said something and it’s sad all the prominent people are commenting on that. They have made her life difficult. I feel very bad, helpless. If the majority thinks like this I don’t think the nation is moving on the right path.”
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)