Kargil martyr’s daughter files complaint after ‘rape threat’, ABVP student alleges molestation
Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur on Monday complained to the city’s women rights panel that she was threatened with rape for her social media campaign against the ABVP.Updated: Feb 28, 2017 13:38 IST
A student of city’s Lady Shri Ram College, Kaur took on the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad after violence erupted in the city’s Ramjas College on February 22.
It was also a day of protests in the city. The Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) led by ABVP took out a “Tiranga Rally” while the JNU students union was meeting at the administrative block.
She met Delhi commission for women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal and complained against the online threats she had received, a DCW official said.
Kaur is yet to go to police but a member of the ABVP, the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, the ideological parent of the BJP, lodged a complaint that she was molested by two activists of the Left-affiliated All India Student Association (AISA) on February 21.
The ABVP member claimed she was assaulted outside Shri Ram College of Commerce when the literary fest at Ramjas College was cancelled.
The two student groups clashed the next day over the college inviting Jawaharlal Nehru University students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid for a seminar. Khalid was arrested on sedition charges in 2016.
Police said they had received the complaint but had not registered a separate FIR. The ABVP member’s complaint was made part of the common FIR lodged after February 22 violence.
“This is a completely false propaganda by the ABVP. There is no evidence of such a thing,” AISA leader Aman Awaz said.
Following the campus violence, Kaur posted a picture of herself on Twitter and Facebook holding a placard.
“I am student from Delhi University. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me,” the message read.
As the post went viral, an old picture of Kaur, whose father captain Mandeep Singh was killed in 1999 Kargil war, resurfaced in social media in which the placard reads, “Pakistan did not kill my dad, war did.”
She was called anti-national and threatened with rape for her campaign against the ABVP.
Speaking to the media on Monday, Kaur said she was not afraid because she was fighting for “the right cause”.
“I am getting hundreds of threats. If I start lodging complaints against each of them, then even the police would ask me to stop,” she said.
The ABVP said the flag rally was called by students who were against those who invited Umar Khalid. “We want action against those from the Left student organisations who indulged in violence and beat up common students,” said Satinder Awana, former DUSU president.
Holding the national flag, the ABVP members started their march from Ramjas College’s parking area to the Faculty of Arts in the North Campus.
First Published: Feb 27, 2017 14:35 IST