Following the violence at Ramjas College Gurmehar Kaur, daughter of Kargil martyr Captain Mandeep Singh, 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". "The brutal attack on innocent students by ABVP is very disturbing and should be stopped. It was not an attack on protesters, but an attack on every notion of democracy that is held dear in every Indian's heart. It is an attack on ideals, morals, freedom and rights of every person born to this nation," she added. The post went viral
After the viral social media campaign against ABVP, Kaur alleged she received "rape threats". "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 NDTV. Giving rape threats "in the name of nationalism" is not right, she added
Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag was trolled for apparently taking on Kaur. She had put up a post with a picture of her holding a placard reading: Pakistan did not kill my dad. War killed him. To his Sehwah said, "I didn't score two triple centuries, my bat did. Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda reacted to the situation with his own tweet praising Viru Paaji. Twitterati took him on as well. Some days later, Sehwag tweeted in support of Kaur saying, "She has a right to express her views and anyone who threatens her with violence or rape is the lowest form of life."
JP MP Pratap Simha compared Kaur with Dawood Ibrahim. "At least Dawood did not use the crutches of his father's name to justify his anti-national stand," Simha, who represents Mysore in the Lok Sabha, said
Speaking to mid-day, Gurmehar said, "I am not anti-national, I only want peace. One India. Free of violence, free of physical assault. "With protests by both Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and All India Students Association (AISA) in Mumbai, and a rising wave of intolerance, she has a message to give all, "As long as your fight is against violence, I am with you. As long as it is for peace, I want to say, you are not alone." "My family is supportive, they have stood by me since 1995. As long as they are there, I'm not scared of anything," the daughter of Kargil martyr Captain Mandeep Singh added
Randeep Hooda took to Facebook to defend his stance over the row. "Don't hang me over a laugh! Viru cracked a joke and I admit I laughed. Damn!! He is so witty and this is one of the other million things he's said that has made me crack up. That was it!! But now, lo and behold, I'm being held responsible for instigating hate threats against a young girl, shockingly by the girl herself. That's absolutely untrue. That was never our intention and our tweets is not the source of all the hate she might be receiving. She spoke up, she stood for something she believes in, so then, she must also have the courage and fortitude to listen to the voices against it," his post read
Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt also mocked Kaur with a meme that was doing the rounds of social media platforms. Celebrity wrestlers Babita Phogat and Geeta Phogat came down on the side of Sehwag and Dutt in criticising Kaur, daughter of Kargil martyr Captain Mandeep Singh. "Gurmehar Kaur's view that her father was killed by war and not Pakistan was wrong for me. It's against our nation and martyrs," Babita said in New Delhi. Echoing the same views, her elder sister Geeta said, "If you speak against nation, people will obviously not like it. Irrespective of gender, the person won't be spared."
Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar didn't take kindly to all the attacks on Kaur and launched an all-out counter attack on the celebs targeting the girl. "If a hardly literate player or a wrestler troll a pacifist daughter of a martyr its understandable but whats wrong with some educated folks," he tweeted. His 'hardly literate player' is a veiled reference to Sehwag, while the wrestler is obviously Yogeshwar Dutt. He also took a dig at Union Minister Kiren Rijiju and accused the politician of being biased. Dutt, who is an Olympic medallist, replied, "You may have authored poems and stories but even I have made history for India on the world stage."
Two ABVP members, arrested for allegedly attacking a group of AISA supporters, were suspended from the RSS-backed outfit for their act of "indiscipline". The accused, Prashant Mishra and Vinayak Sharma, allegedly strangulated AISA activists Raj Singh and Utkarsh Bhardwaj near Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College on Tuesday evening. "We condemn this act by the two students and advocate a violence-free atmosphere on campus. On basis of preliminary information, the two members have been suspended from the party for their act of indiscipline. An interim enquiry has been ordered to take further action," ABVP national media convener Saket Bahuhuna said. Utkarsh and Raj had claimed that they were attacked by seven to eight people near Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College and strangulated with belts
Even as the protests continue, Kaur has decided she has had enough, "I'm withdrawing from the campaign. Congratulations everyone. I request to be left alone. I said what I had to say," Kaur tweeted. "I have been through a lot and this is all my 20 year self could take," said the daughter of a slain army officer. "To anyone questioning my courage and bravery, I've shown more than enough."
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Days after the violence at Ramjas College, a Kargil martyr's daughter initiated a campaign on Facebook, which went viral. But, it was just the beginning of what has blown up into a massive controversy