Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday said he believed in the freedom of expression within the legal ambit.
When asked about his opinion on DU student Gurmehar Kaur, Parrikar said: “I believe in the freedom of expression with whatever legal restrictions are there. All freedom of expression have legal limit. You cannot barge on another person’s right.”
Kaur, a student of Lady Shri Ram College, had launched a social media campaign last week against the ABVP, the students’ union body linked to the RSS, after the outfit forced the cancellation of a seminar at Delhi’s Ramjas College over the participation of a controversial JNU student Umar Khalid on February 21. Violent clashes broke out the next day as ABVP activists allegedly attacked students, teachers and journalists in the campus, triggering widespread condemnation.
Kaur, trolled for taking on the ABVP in a Facebook post that went viral, said she had received rape threats.
The 20-year-old also faced severe criticism for a video message on her father, Captain Mandeep Singh who was killed in Kashmir in 1999 during the Kargil war, and her perceptions about Pakistan and war.