Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur whose social media campaign against the ABVP reignited free speech and patriotism debate has withdrawn from a student march planned for Tuesday, saying she has shown enough courage and wants to be left alone.
Students and teachers of DU and Jawaharlal Nehru University, Left and AAP-affiliated student groups will march in protest against the violence in the city’s Ramjas College and rape threats issued to Kaur.
The march has been variously named as Fight Back DU, Students against ABVP and DU against Gundagardi.
“The campaign is about students and not about me. Please go to the March in huge numbers. Best of luck,” Kaur tweeted early on Tuesday.
The campaign is about students and not about me. Please go to the March in huge numbers. Best of luck.— Gurmehar Kaur (@mehartweets) February 28, 2017
“I’m withdrawing from the campaign. Congratulations everyone. I request to be left alone. I said what I had to say.”
The Lady Shri Ram College student said she had enough and that is all “my 20 year self could take”.
“To anyone questioning my courage and bravery.. I’ve shown more than enough.”
I'm withdrawing from the campaign. Congratulations everyone. I request to be left alone. I said what I had to say.. (1/2)— Gurmehar Kaur (@mehartweets) February 28, 2017
One thing is for sure, next time we will think twice before resorting to violence or threats and that's all this was about (2/2)— Gurmehar Kaur (@mehartweets) February 28, 2017
Kaur had on February 25 posted a picture of herself on Twitter and Facebook, holding a placard that read, “I am student from Delhi University. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me.”
She was responding to violence in Ramjas College when Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad members allegedly assaulted students, teachers and journalists during a protest march.
Her post went viral and she was trolled.
Minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju, too, jumped in. “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,” he tweeted on Monday.
The minister was referring to an old picture of Kaur that resurfaced on social media. The placard in this photo reads: “Pakistan did not kill my dad, war did.”
Kaur, whose father captain Mandeep Singh died fighting militants in Kashmir, said she was called anti-national and threatened with rape for her campaign against the ABVP, the student wing of the RSS, the BJP’s ideological mentor.
“I have my own mind. Nobody is polluting my mind. I am not anti-national,” she told media.
Kaur has lodged a complaint with the Delhi commission for women against the threats she has received.