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Kargil Martyr’s Daughter in Social Media Storm After Taking on ABVP, Gets Rape Threats

Gurmehar Kaur, the daughter of Kargil war martyr Captain Mandeep Singh, landed in the eye of a social media storm on Monday after she started a campaign against the RSS student wing Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

Uday Singh Rana | News18.com

Updated:February 27, 2017, 4:30 PM IST
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Kargil Martyr’s Daughter in Social Media Storm After Taking on ABVP, Gets Rape Threats
Gurmehar Kaur, a Lady Sri Ram College student, has taken on ABVP after the hgroup attacked students on Ramjas Campus last week. (CNN_NEWS18)
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New Delhi: Gurmehar Kaur, the daughter of Kargil war martyr Captain Mandeep Singh, landed in the eye of a social media storm on Monday after she started a campaign against the RSS student wing Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

Kaur approached Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Monday and filed a written complaint after receiving obnoxious comments and "rape threats on social media". The commission is expected to issue a notice to Delhi police asking them to file an FIR on the basis of Kaur's complaint.

DCW Chief Swati Maliwal, while addressing the media, said that it was shameful that a martyr's daughter has received rape threats. "We have written a letter and I have personally spoken to Delhi Commissioner over the phone. We request Delhi Police to file a complaint and take a stern action against those who troll and abuse on social media," she said.

Kaur, a student of Delhi University’s Lady Shri Ram College, had taken on the ABVP on Facebook and Twitter. She posted a picture of herself holding up a placard that 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.”

She was responding to the incidents of violence reported from DU's North Campus on Wednesday when students and teachers at a protest march from Ramjas College to Maurice Nagar police station was assaulted allegedly by ABVP activists.

Following the post, Kaur received abuse and threats on social media, including rape threats made against her by alleged ABVP supporters. On Monday, several celebrities including cricketer Virender Sehwag and actor Randeep Hooda attacked her on social media.

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Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju also jumped into the debate and tweeted, “Who's polluting this young girl's mind? A strong Arm Force prevents a war. India never attacked anyone but a weak India was always invaded.”

Hooda hit out at Kaur, calling her a “pawn”. Kaur hit back at Hooda saying, “Political pawn? I can think. I don't support violence perpetuated on students? Is that so wrong.” Hooda, in a reply said, “I agree wth u its is absolutely wrong..have a feeling it's not limited to that in interpretation.”

The war of words did not end there. “@RandeepHooda thanks a lot. Really sweet of you to encourage the hate I've been receiving. Makes me feel happy that I adored your work :),” Kaur tweeted. Hooda hit back again saying, “@mehartweets Pls don't credit me with so much.Your peace video was good bt now it's political not humanitarian.That's the problem2 begin wth.”

The “peace video” that Hooda reffered to was a silent video Kaur posted last year. The video, which had her holding up a series of placards aimed at promoting peace between India and Pakistan, had gone viral last year. One of the placards she held up in the video said “Pakistan did not kill my dad, war killed him”. Cricketer Virender Sehwag, in an apparent dig at the video, posted a picture of himself holding up a placard reading, “I didn’t score two triple centuries, my bat did.”

While Kaur was being barraged with social media abuse, she also received support from many quarters including senior journalists and Aam Aadmi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal. The Delhi Chief Minister posted a video of Kaur claiming she had received death threats and said, “Just listen to this. THIS is BJP. They will destroy our country. Everyone must rise against their goondaism.”

Kejriwal also quoted a tweet by Kaur that said, “You can question my love for this country but you cannot define it for me. I serve this country and ITS YOUNG STUDENTS,” and added a comment of his own, “Proud of u Gurmehar.”

Speaking to the media later, Kaur said, “I came to know that my friends were assaulted and given rape threats. No student organisation has the right to say all this. We will not take this nonsense. My friends have been pelted with stones. I love this country and I am not frightened of anyone. I have got these threats many times.”

| Edited by: Mirza Arif Beg
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