Jhanvi Behal, 15, from Ludhiana has been making headlines after challenging talk-of-the-town Kanhaiya Kumar , president of the JNU Students’ Union, to a debate on freedom of speech and expression. But who is this girl?
We dug out some facts about the girl to know her better:
1 Back in 2014, she conducted a sting operation on tobacco and liquor stores in a bid to uncover the practice of selling cigarettes and other tobacco-based products to teenagers. Her operation even led to the filing of an FIR against some stores.
2 She considers Mother Teresa as her source of inspiration for working for the society’s betterment. Jhanvi made a documentary, Maa Mera Ki Kasoor, on female foeticide to spread awareness. A student of DAV Public School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Ludhiana, she is also an active member of an NGO Raksha Jyoti Foundation and was honoured on Republic Day for her contribution in many projects including Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
3 She sought judicial intervention over frequent dharnas and the traffic snarls that they result in.
4 She has written several letters to the Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India, information and broadcasting minister on a number of social issues.
5 She had filed a writ in Punjab and Haryana high court against adult movies and porn content on social networking sites. She also appeared in the court in her school dress. The high court had pronounced judgment in her favour.