Thank you for your attention.
We do not intend to tag Gurmehar Kaur only as a Kargil martyr’s daughter, which she is and is proud of, but want her to be considered a citizen of India with the ability to think critically, has her own set of ideals and ideologies, and can speak and stand up for herself, even if that means disagreeing to millions of Indians.
Beauty of democracy, right?
GurMeher Kaur, a student of Delhi’s Lady Sri Ram College, and daughter of Kargil martyr Captain Mandeep Singh, made a Facebook post on February 22 with a photo of herself holding a placard that said, “I am a student from Delhi University. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me,” and #studentsagainstABVP. The post went viral with over 3,500 shares and many students followed suit and made similar posts.
Kaur’s post came after the deplorable violence that took place at Delhi University’s Ramjas College between members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and All India Students Association over an invitation sent to JNU’s Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid for a cultural event. The ABVP has been accused of physically assaulting students and teachers, regardless of gender, and Delhi Police has been accused of inaction.
Gurmehar’s campaign enraged right-wing loyalists, and as seen often on social media, many such people (with untraceable identities, thanks to the power of social media) even made rape threats to her for opposing ABVP.