Gurmehar pulls out of protest march against ABVP
Her grandfather lashed out at minister Kiren Rijiju, who was reported as saying Gurmehar is the daughter of a Kargil martyr whose soul must be weeping seeing his daughter being misguided by those who celebrate on the bodies of martyrs. Photograph: (Facebook)
Gurmehar Kaur pulled out of the protest march Tuesday by Delhi University and JNU students.
The students were marching at Delhi university to protest against "goondaism" by the ABVP.
Gurmehar had been supposed to attend but finally pulled out, tweeting that "this is all my 20 year self could take :)"
I have been through a lot and this is all my 20 year self could take :)— Gurmehar Kaur (@mehartweets) February 28, 2017
To anyone questioning my courage and bravery.. I've shown more than enough— Gurmehar Kaur (@mehartweets) February 28, 2017
She however encouraged people to attend the march, saying the campaign "is about students and not about me".
She also asked to be left alone.
It's a request, please leave me alone. Stop spamming my wall and phone. Any question abt my decision tweet to @Voice_Of_Ram— Gurmehar Kaur (@mehartweets) February 28, 2017
There was tremendous amounts of support for her.
Hounding of & threats to @mehartweets by Sanghi trolls tells how effective she is. Like her father, she is a brave person. More power to her— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) February 26, 2017
@mehartweets dont see it as a withdrawal. you have shown courage,m spunk and dignity and made your point. More than.— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) February 28, 2017
Also on Tuesday, Delhi Police filed an FIR on Gurmehar's complaint that alleged ABVP members had made rape threats against her.
Meanwhile, Gurmehar's grandfather Kanwaljeet Singh lashed out at politicians Tuesday.
"Drama is being created which shouldn`t be highlighted. Politicians must refrain from giving statements," ANI reported him as saying.
This was after minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju alleged "leftists" were misleading Gurmehar.
"She (Gurmehar Kaur) is a young girl, creating controversy over her isn`t right. It is about leftists who celebrate when our jawans die. They mislead the youth and it is not right," Rijiju had told reporters.
ANI reported Rijiju as having said Gurmehar is the daughter of a Kargil martyr whose soul must be weeping seeing his daughter being misguided by those who celebrate on the bodies of martyrs.
He had earlier wonder who was "polluting" her mind.
The lyricist Javed Akhtar was quick to pounce on that, tweeting: "I don't about her but Mr Minister I know who is polluting your mind."
(WION with inputs from ANI)