Martyr's daughter withdraws her FB campaign

Martyr's daughter withdraws her FB campaign

Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur on Tuesday withdrew her social media campaign against Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, saying it was not about her but the students.

“I am withdrawing from the campaign. Congratulations everyone. I said what I had to say. I have been through a lot and this is all that my 20-year-old self could take. This campaign was never about me but students,” she said in her new Facebook message.

She was learnt to have left the city earlier in the day due to security reasons. Police sources in Delhi said arrangements had been made to ensure her security.Gurmehar had come under attack after she started a social media campaign against the ABVP after violent clashes between the BJP-affiliated group and left-backed students’ organisations last week.

The ABVP had objected to the presence of Umar Khalid, who was charged with sedition after the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) unrest last year, at a seminar planned in the Delhi University.

Gurmehar, daughter ot army martyr Captain Mandeep Singh, claimed to have been threatened with rape by trolls because of her Facebook post. Now, her grandfather Kamaljit Singh has come out in support and urged the government “to stop inflaming the issue”.

“She said the correct thing. She didn’t say anything against India or any political leader. Punjabis live for the nation. Will they teach nationalism to us? We have lost our son, do we need to prove anything?” he told a news channel.

In the new message, Gurmehar said people will now think twice before resorting to threats and violence, “and this is all that this was about”. “I request to be left alone” the daughter of Army martyr Captain Mandeep Singh, said, uploading her new Facebook profile picture in place of the one which created a political storm here on Monday.

Meanwhile, Delhi Police registered a case of sexual harassment and criminal intimidation against unknown persons on Gurmehar’s complaint that she was threatened with rape. They also provided security for her.

The Delhi Women Commission had forwarded her complaint to the police on Monday. ABVP’s national media convener Saket Bahuguna lodged a separate complaint at Maurice Nagar police station, also demanding that those had threatened Gurmehar with “rape and death” must be “identified” and brought to justice. “Dear @mehartweets ji, @ABVPVoice demands that @DelhiPolice takes action against those who gave rape threats to you. Plz don't defame my org,” he tweeted.

In another case, two ‘ABVP activists’ were held for attacking two AISA supporters during a protest march.

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