A day after Delhi University’s Ramjas College saw violent clashes between students and ABVP activists, a student of DU’s Lady Sri Ram College and daughter of Kargil martyr Captain Mandeep Singh, GurMehar Kaur started a silent campaign against ABVP
The girl intended to stand against against the attack and used a placard which stated that she is not afraid of ABVP. She used the hashtag #StudentsAgainstABVP in her post on Facebook and urged others to post a similar picture as a protest against the tyranny of fear.
The post was a silent one and GurMehar did not intend to go violent about it.
But it’s social media and things here do not go as you plan them!
The 20-year-old’s post quickly went viral on the Internet and has been re-tweeted by more than 3,700 people. However, more than bringing good, GurMehar’s post enraged untraceable right-wing loyalists on the Internet who went to the extent of making rape threats to the young girl.
“I’ve been getting a lot of threats on social media. When you open the profile picture that I changed, you keep seeing there are people threatening me and calling me an anti-nationalist. I think it’s very scary when people threaten you with violence or with rape,” she told NDTV.
She went on to add, “There is this guy called Rahul and he’s given a very detailed explanation in a comment saying how he would like to rape me. That is very scary.”
Even Virender Sehwag is involved in the case!
Known for entertaining his followers with his witty tweets, former cricketer Virender Sehwag too was seen posting a photograph of him yesterday with a placard carrying a (Photoshopped) message saying, “I didn’t score two triple centuries, my bat did.”
Along with the image, Sehwag wrote, “Bat me hai Dum!” along with #BharatJaisiJagahNahi.
The format of text on Viru’s placard looked like a mockery of GurMehar’s previous campaign where she wrote, “Pakistan did not kill my dad. War killed him.”
While Viru could have posted the image without knowing the origin context of it, there were many who took the instance to mock GurMehar’s campaign.
Even actor Randeep Hooda found Sehwag’s tweet amusing and called GurMehar a “political pawn”.
“What’s sad is that the poor girl is being used as political pawn and it seems you are a party to it,” Hooda wrote back to a Twitter user who called Hooda’s action a sad one.
Answering the charge, GurMehar hit back with a fiery tweet. “Political pawn? I can think. I don’t support violence perpetuated on students. Is that so wrong?” she tweeted.
The young student also went on to call everyone who accused her of using her martyr father’s name to gain some popularity.
The latest update on the story is that Kaur has been provided two female constables to guard Kaur 24×7. The action was taken after the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Monday wrote to the Police Commissioner to provide security to the girl and her family.
“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,” Swati Maliwal, DCW Chief, wrote in the letter.
In times like these, we sincerely hope the police protect the democracy of the country!
H/T: Times Of India