Social media post by Kargil martyr's daughter triggers political battle

Actor Randeep Hooda also took to Twitter and backed Sehwag on his take on Gurmehar Kaur.

RSS's student wing ABVP was accused of violence during a seminar on "Culture of Protests" at Ramjas College last week, in which JNU student Umar Khalid was invited to speak.

Kaur had on Sunday faced backlash on social media, with some threatening her with violence and rape.

Gurmehar Kaur, a Delhi University student and daughter of an army Captain who died in the Kargil war, launched a social media campaign against the ABVP in wake of the violence in Ramjas College. He also ordered the Delhi Police to act with caution over the Ramjas College issue and ensure the situation remained under control.

In her last tweet, Kaur said: "Please consider this tweet as my request for leave of absence". I don't want to be scared of you.

Kaur, retorted with: "Really sweet of you to encourage the hate I've been receiving".

Delhi Chief Minister (DCW) and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said the BJP had now become a party of "hooligans" and "criminals".

Union ministers M. Venkaiah Naidu and Ravi Shankar Prasad hit back at the opposition for its narrative of attack on freedom of expression.

Hours after BJP MP Pratap Simha compared Kaur with fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted to suggest that Kaur was being influenced by someone or a group. She has also drawn flak over a post from a year ago, where she is seen holding a placard that reads, "Pakistan did not kill my father. Everybody has freedom but that does not mean that you raise slogans to weaken the country".

Sad reality remains that influencers like former Indian cricketing icon like Virender Sehwag joined the trolls in taking down a 20-year-old girl.

Reacting to a tweet asking if 20-year-old Gurmehar could not have a view without being hounded, Rijiju posted: "Everyone has right of views (sic) but she said Pakistan didn't kill our courageous martyr and India should shun war".

Justifying his stance on the matter Randeep Hooda, over a post in Facebook, said, "Viru cracked a joke and I admit I laughed. If no action is taken against the culprits right now, people will lose faith in the system", she said. She posted a picture of herself holding up a placard that read, "I am a student from Delhi University".

  • Anthony Vega