Kargil martyr’s father backs Gurmehar but disagrees with her opinion
Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur, under fire from the AVBP, has found support from the father of Kargil martyr Captain Saurabh Kalia who has defended her right to her opinion.Updated: Mar 01, 2017 08:42 IST
Dr. NK Kalia, father of Kargil martyr captain Saurabh Kalia on Tuesday came out in support of Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur, who has allegedly received rape threats over her social media campaign against ABVP.
The retired scientist, however, said “he disagrees with her viewpoint”.
“I strongly condemn the way she was targeted on social media. This is shameful. This is not our culture,” said Dr. Kalia, who is fighting for justice for his slain son.
Captain Saurabh Kalia was tortured and killed in captivity along with his five comrades by Pakistan forces during the 1999 Kargil conflict.
“This is not acceptable in a country where women are revered as goddesses,” Dr. Kalia told Hindustan Times. He demanded strong action against the elements who threatened 20-year-old Gurmehar, a first-year student of English honours at Lady Shri Ram College.
“Esteem of a woman is above all things, irrespective of her caste, creed or religion,” he said.
Gurmehar, whose father captain Mandeep Singh was killed in Kashmir in 1999, said on Sunday she was called an anti-national and threatened with rape for her campaign against the right-wing students’ body.
On Tuesday morning, she pulled out from the Save DU campaign saying she’s ‘gone through enough’.
“I’m withdrawing from the campaign. Congratulations everyone. I request to be left alone. I said what I had to say. I have been through a lot and this is all my 20 year self could take,” she tweeted.
Dr. Kalia said everyone has a right to express himself or herself and people may agree or disagree “but this not a way to show disagreement”.
However, the former Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) scientist said that he disagrees with Gurmehar’s viewpoint that “Pakistan did not kill her father, war killed him”.
It would be disrespectful to a soldier who laid down his life for the sake of nation, Dr Kalia said.
“The young woman should understand that who perpetrated the war. Pakistan does not understand the language of peace,” he said.
“War did not kill my son (Saurabh), Pakistan killed him,” added Dr. Kalia.
He also expressed disappointment over students ‘over indulging’ in campus politics.
Meanwhile, an open letter written by a person named Vashi Sharma, on behalf of captain Saurabh Kalia, as a reply to Gurmehar’s Youtube video is also making rounds on the internet. The letter narrates story of captain Saurabh Kalia stating, “War did not kill us. Pakistan did.”
First Published: Feb 28, 2017 18:32 IST