The 15-year-old schoolgirl, Jhanvi Behal, who had earlier challenged Jawahar Lal University (JNU) students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar for an open debate on ‘the freedom of expression’, has now alleged she has been receiving threats over social networking websites. In her complaint to the police, the teenager alleged most threats were from JNU students and Kanhaiya’s supporters.
After bringing the matter to the notice of Punjab director general of police (DGP) Suresh Arora, the girl filed a complaint on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the DGP has directed the Ludhiana police to look into the matter.
Ashwin Behal, Jahnvi’s father, alleged that ever since his daughter gave an open challenge to Kanhaiya, her social media accounts had been allegedly flooded with threats. “Some people have used abusive language against her,” he alleged.
“Kanhaiya and his supporters have been trying to evade the debate due to the fear of losing. Now they have started threatening me,” said Jhanvi, adding that “Kanhaiya has also given statements against the Army, which is condemnable”. “He is levelling allegations without any evidence just for political gains. We should not forget that our jawans sacrifice their lives for us,” she added.
An activist of NGO Raksha Jyoti Foundation, Jhanvi had challenged Kanhaiya Kumar for a debate after the JNU row. Meanwhile, the NGO has also written to the Punjab DGP, demanding security cover for the teenager.