NEW DELHI: Gurmehar Kaur, the 24-year-old daughter of Kargil martyr Captain Mandeep Singh, is the new personality emerging from the Ramjas College clashes. After taking on the ABVP in a post going viral on social media platforms, it is the same platform that has come back to trouble Gurmehar Kaur. On Monday, the Delhi University student complained to the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) about threats of rape and abuse she was subjected to online.
Kaur, had started the campaign "I am not afraid of ABVP", following the violence at Ramjas college last week. In her complaint to the DCW, the student said she has received "rape" threats on social media allegedly from members of RSS backed Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad after she condemned "violence in name of nationalism".
“The Commission is of the view that urgent criminal action needs to be taken against the abusers of Ms Kaur has also requested for police protection for herself and her family. It is unfortunate that a strong and independent girl is being threatened and abused for taking a stand against hooligans” DCW Chief Swati Maliwal said in a letter written to Commissioner of Delhi Police Amulya Patnaik.
Minister of State Home Kiren Rijiju on twitter replied to the post of the girl saying “ Who is polluting this young girl's mind? A strong Arm Force prevents a war. India never attacked anyone but a weak India was always invaded. Freedom of expression is not a licence to shout anti-national slogans in campuses. Criticise the govt but don't abuse the motherland”.
After hitting the headlines, support started pouring in for Kaur from all over the country, including politicians, celebrities and activists. While the North Campus at Delhi University has turned into a fortress with the increased number of Delhi police female cops, student members of the Delhi University Student Union (DUSU) took out a silent Tiranga March.
“Rashtrawadi Shikshak Sangh (RSS) believes that entire responsibility of the incidents of violence reported near Ramjas College must be taken by those who attempted to provide a platform to the anti-India forces” said an RSS member at the Arts Faculty, from where the silent march commenced with large number of students joining from across the campus.
The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh who is canvassing the state of Uttar Pradesh for the final push in the last phase of campaigning, said he is monitoring the matter and has ordered the Delhi Police to act with caution over the Ramjas College issue and ensure the situation is under control.
“Having a different opinion apart from majority opinion is agreeable but not disintegration. Nobody can advocate disintegration. How can anybody advocate aazadi for J&K you want to make universities as labs for separatist experiments?” said Union Minsiter M Venkaiah Naidu.
Ramjas college had last week witnessed large-scale violence between members of the Left-affiliated AISA and the ABVP.