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LSR stands by Gurmehar, slams Randeep Hooda and Virender Sehwag

Faculty members of LSR’s English department have said ‘Responses on social media by public figures such as Virender Sehwag and Randeep Hooda are shameful trivialisation of the intimidation that Gurmehar faces at the hands of violent mobs’

education Updated: Feb 28, 2017 12:21 IST
Facebook profile picture of LSR first-year English honours student Gurmehar Kaur. (Photo Facebook Profile)
Facebook profile picture of LSR first-year English honours student Gurmehar Kaur. (Photo Facebook Profile)(Facebook profile)

The English Department of Lady Shri Ram (LSR) College has come out strongly in support of its first-year English honours student, Gurmehar Kaur, daughter of Kashmir martyr, Captain Mandeep Singh.

In a statement issued today, the department’s faculty said: “We unequivocally and strongly support our student Gurmehar Kaur and her right to express her opinion on issues that embroil our university.”

They said it was “immensely gratifying to us as her teachers that she has responded sensitively, creatively and bravely to events in her immediate context rather than seek the safe refuge of silence. We feel that it is the bounden duty of educational institutions to nurture sensitive, responsive and critical thinking students without the fear of violent retaliation.”

Gurmehar’s teachers were “proud that Gurmehar has fulfilled her duty as a young citizen of this country. The threats of violence and brutality that she faces are absolutely reprehensible. Responses on social media by public figures such as Virender Sehwag and Randeep Hooda are shameful trivialisation of the intimidation that Gurmehar faces at the hands of violent mobs whose viciousness the university has recently witnessed. We fervently appeal to the good sense of the public and to institutions of redressal to help restore our faith in law and justice in our country and let our young citizens think and articulate without fear of intimidation.”