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Political pawn: Is Gurmehar Kaur, Kargil martyr’s daughter, starving for limelight?

New Delhi: Students and teachers from DU and JNU, on Tuesday, to hold a march from Khalsa College to Arts Faculty, Gurmehar Kaur to also participate in the protest.

Meanwhile Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal on Monday said ‘DCW Home Guards’ were providing security to the Kargil martyr’s daughter, who complained of receiving “rape threats” allegedly from ABVP members.

Earlier in the day, Gurmehar Kaur (20), a Delhi University student, met Maliwal and alleged that she had been receiving rape threats on social media allegedly by ABVP members.

Kaur, daughter of Kargil martyr Captain Mandeep Singh, had started the campaign “I am not afraid of ABVP” following violence at Ramjas college.

Kaur had last week changed her Facebook profile picture into one holding a placard reading, “I am a student from Delhi University. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me. #StudentsAgainstABVP.”

However, former cricketer Virendra Sehwag and Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda criticised the literature student’s remarks, calling her a “political pawn”.

Responding to the critics, Kaur said they do not understand her “idea of patriotism”.

Ramjas college had last week witnessed large-scale violence between members of the AISA and the ABVP. The genesis of the clash was an invite to JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid to address a seminar on ‘Culture of Protests’, which was withdrawn by the college authorities following
opposition by ABVP.

The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) had also ordered an inquiry into the alleged attacks on women by policemen during the violence and issued a notice to the Delhi Police in this regard.


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