Gurmehar Kaur, student of Lady Shri Ram College, on February 28 said that she has had enough of the confusion surrounding her Facebook and Twitter post and is distancing herself from the patriot war at Ramjas College.
Gurmehar, a Kargil martyr’s daughter, in a Facebook post said, “I have been through a lot and this is all that my 20-year-old self could take…I request to be left alone. I am withdrawing. I said what I had to say… This campaign was never about me but students. Please go in huge numbers for the march. Best of luck.”
While many people supported Gurmehar, the BJP has flayed her and called her “anti-national”. One BJP MP compared her with don Dawood Ibrahim. Both the BJP and ABVP are affiliated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
Even as Delhi University (DU) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) are readying to take out protest marches on February 28 against last week’s campus violence, Gurmehar said she doesn’t plan to join the marches.
“To anyone questioning me about my courage and bravery, I think I have shown enough. One thing is for sure that we will think twice before threatening others and indulging in violence. I request to be left alone,” wrote Gurmehar in her post.
While this was so, protests over violence in the Delhi University’s Ramjas College refuse to die down. After ABVP took out a Tiranga march in DU, several protest marches and counter-marches are expected in DU and JNU campuses on February 28. Congress and AAP are likely to join the protests.
Union minister Kiren Rijiju flayed Gurmehar for what he thinks was an undermining of India’s martyrs’ bravery.
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that he will meet the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi on February 28 to “demand action against ABVP goondaism and rape threats to Gurmehar Kaur”.