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DU student Gurmehar Kaur withdraws from AISA protest March

New Delhi: The Delhi University student, Gurmehar Kaur , who has become the centre of ongoing controversy between AISA (All India Students' Association) and ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad), has decided to distance herself

Sakshi Chaturvedi

Sakshi ChaturvediBy Sakshi Chaturvedi

Published on 28 Feb 2017 5:37 AM GMT

DU student Gurmehar Kaur withdraws from AISA protest March
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New Delhi: The Delhi University student, Gurmehar Kaur , who has become the centre of ongoing controversy between AISA (All India Students' Association) and ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad), has decided to distance herself from the protest march at the Ramjas College.

Daughter of late Kargil martyr, Kaur, on Tuesday posted a series of tweets saying she will not be participating in the AISA march. "I'm withdrawing from the campaign. Congratulations everyone. I request to be left alone. I said what I had to say", Gurmehar Kaur wrote.

What else she wrote:

  • I have been through alot and this is all my 20 year self could take. The campaign is about students and not about me. Please go to the March in huge numbers. Best of luck.
  • To anyone questioning my courage and bravery...I have shown more than enough. One thing is for sure, next time we will think twice before resorting to violence or threats and that's all this was about.

Kaur, whose father Captain Mandeep Singh was martyred in a terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir in 1999, has also alleged that she has received rape threats on social media by ABVP members following which she has filed a complaint at the Delhi Commission for Women.

It could be mentioned that Gurmehar Kaur's social media posts have not only rocked the student population of the country, but also gave a stir to political as well as Bollywood and Sports celebrities of the country.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has come up to support the lady saying that he and his party is always with the students who are fighting for their rights but popular Bollywood and Sport stars have started criticising the girl student for her playcard profile picture that had stated "Pakistan did not kill my father. War killed him".

While Rahul Gandhi stated that he completely supports this march and Gurmehar and he feels that every single girl student is a Gurmehar in herself, Sultan of Indian Cricket Sehwag has in his own way ridiculed the viral photograph through his twitter. "I did not score two triple centuries. My bat did," wrote Sehwag Sharing an image of his holding a placard. Many including Randeep Hooda cheered Sehwag for his remark, saying, "She (Gurmehar) is being made a pawn."

https://twitter.com/virendersehwag/status/835856883655245824

Indian gold medalist wrestler Geeta Phogat also criticised Kaur for her so called online campaign.

The Protest March:

  • BJP's youth wing ABVP took out a Tiranga march in Delhi University on Monday last.
  • Several protest marches and counter-marches are expected in Delhi University (DU) and JawaharLal Nehru University (JNU) campuses on Tuesday.
  • Students and teachers of DU and JNU along with AISA members have also decided to stage a march from Khalsa College in the North Campus to the Arts Faculty.
  • Congress-backed NSUI is also organising a symbolic one-day hunger strike at the arts faculty, followed by a 'Mashaal' rally.
  • Congress, AAP also expected to join protests.

The social media campaign started by Gurmehar had gone viral and received massive support from students across universities. The literature student's classmates and peers started sharing the post, prompting students from various universities across the country to change their profile pictures with similar placards.

Sakshi Chaturvedi

Sakshi Chaturvedi

A journalist, presently working as a Sub-Editor at newstrack.com.

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