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‘Not afraid of ABVP’: DU student whose father died in Kargil war writes on FB

Days after Delhi University’s Ramjas college witnessed violent clashes, a Lady Sri Ram College student who is a Kargil martyr’s daughter has initiated a social media campaign, “I am not scared of ABVP”.

delhi Updated: Feb 28, 2017 13:38 IST
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Gurmehar Kaur posted a photo of herself on Facebook saying ‘I am not afraid of ABVP’. (Facebook/Gurmehar Kaur)

Days after Delhi University’s Ramjas College witnessed violent clashes, a Lady Sri Ram College student who is the daughter of an officer who died in the Kargil war started a social media campaign ‘I am not afraid of ABVP that has garnered widespread support.

Gurmehar Kaur, daughter of Kargil martyr Captain Mandeep Singh, changed her Facebook profile picture holding a placard which read “I am a student from Delhi University. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me. #StudentsAgainstABVP”.

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“The brutal attack on innocent students by ABVP is very disturbing and should be stopped. It was not an attack on protesters, but an attack on every notion of democracy that is held dear in every Indian’s heart. It is an attack on ideals, morals, freedom and rights of every person born to this nation,” she said in a Facebook status.

“The stones that you pelt hit our bodies, but fail to bruise our ideas. This profile picture is my way of protesting against the tyranny of fear,” she added.

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The literature student’s classmates and peers started sharing the post, prompting students from various universities across the country to change their profile pictures with the same placard, as the initiative went viral.

Kaur’s Facebook post so far has 2,100 reactions, 3,456 shares and 542 comments.

Ramjas College had on Wednesday witnessed large-scale violence between members of AISA and ABVP workers. ABVP supporters had protested against an invite to JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid to address a seminar on ‘Culture of Protests’, which led to violence after a counter demonstration by students over not allowing a peaceful discussion.

First Published: Feb 25, 2017 15:55 IST