Rijiju on Gurmehar: Father’s soul must be weeping to see daughter misguided
Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday continued to stoke the controversy over Gurmehar Kaur by referring to her father, an army officer who was killed in Kashmir.delhi Updated: Mar 01, 2017 11:55 IST
Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday continued to stoke the controversy over Gurmehar Kaur by referring to her father, an army officer who was killed in Kashmir, even after the Delhi University student pulled out of her protests against the ABVP after being bullied and trolled on social media.
“She is a martyr’s daughter. His soul must be weeping that his daughter is being misguided by those who celebrate on the bodies of martyrs,” NDTV quoted Rijiju as saying.
Kaur, whose father Captain Mandeep Singh was killed in Kashmir in 1999, said on Sunday she was called an anti-national and threatened with rape for her campaign against the right-wing students’ body.
On Tuesday, Kaur withdrew from ‘Fightback DU’ campaign and requested that she be left alone. In a series of tweets, the Lady Shri Ram College student said that she has shown enough courage and bravery.
The ABVP is the students’ wing affiliated to Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), the ideological mentor of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to which Rijiju belongs. The student body was linked to February 22 violence at DU’s Ramjas College.
In subsequent interviews to television channels, the junior home minister said he was not commenting on 20-year-old Kaur. “She has her own freedom, own thoughts. Shouldn’t make controversy (sic),” he said.
Rijiju alleged “leftists celebrate when our soldiers die,” in the interviews seeking his reaction to Kaur’s tweets saying she was withdrawing from the protests. “I want to give a message to leftists, don’t want to say anything to the girl,” he added.
On Monday, he hinted the DU student was being influenced by political rivals. “Who’s polluting this young girl’s mind? A strong Arm Force prevents a war. India never attacked anyone but a weak India was always invaded,” Rijiju tweeted.
The minister was referring to an old picture of Kaur that resurfaced on social media after the she took on the ABVP. “Pakistan did not kill my dad, war did,” read a placard she carried in the picture.
Soon enough, Rijiju’s seniors in the party and the government also jumped into the issue and so did the opposition. The opposition hit out at the BJP and the ABVP for shielding and encouraging those who abuse and threaten women.
The Aam Aadmi Party lashed out at the saffron party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “encouraging trolls who threaten women.”