NEW DELHI: As Kargil martyr’s daughter and Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur’s online campaign against the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) went viral and students across campuses changed their profile pictures to one showing a placard reading “I’m not afraid of ABVP’, ex-cricketer Virendra Sehwag and actor Randeep Hooda joined in the barracking of her.
Sehwag shared an image of his own holding a placard saying, “I did not score two triple centuries. My bat did.”
While many Twitter users criticised Sehwag for comparing a cricket match to a war, many others including Randeep Hooda cheered Sehwag for his remark, saying, “She is being made a pawn.”
Gurmehar replied to Hooda, “Really sweet of you to encourage the hate I’ve been receiving. Makes me feel happy that I adored your work :) Pawn? I can think. I don’t support violence perpetuated on students. Is that so wrong,” Kaur said in a series of tweets.
“Don’t call me a martyrs daughter if that bothers you. I never claimed anything otherwise. You can call me Gurmehar,” she said in a further tweet.
Ramjas College had last week witnessed large-scale violence between members of the Left-affiliated AISA and the ABVP.
The genesis of the clash was an invite to JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid to address a seminar on ‘Culture of Protests’ which was withdrawn by the college authorities following opposition by the ABVP.
The Congress, meanwhile, denounced Union minister Kiren Rijiju and a BJP MP for making controversial remarks against Gurmehar, saying it is a perfect example of fascist mindset.
“You may not like what the person thinks but trolling, mindless threats... trolling emanating from people whom the Prime Minister follows. This is the worst form of state intimidation,” said Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari. The AAP and the CPI(M) also reacted sharply and demanded “strict action” against those who allegedly threaten to rape the DU student.