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Who is Gurmehar Kaur – Kargil martyr’s daughter threatened with rape, violence

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New Delhi: Gurmehar Kaur, is a petite girl and many may not have thought in their wildest dreams that the girl will stand firmly against goons who went on rampage at a Delhi college, a couple of days ago.

The girl, who lost her father, in the Kargil war, has stunned many by coming out in support of those opposing ABVP in Delhi. Her picture mocking the ABVP went viral, making her an instant social media star.

The young Delhi University student, who launched the campaign #StudentsAgainstABVP following the violence at Ramjas College, posted pictures and videos of herself on social media, holding placards which read ‘I am not afraid of ABVP’ and ‘Pakistan did not kill my dad, war killed him’.

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Nonetheless, it not just brought good words for the girl, but also mocking and ridicule. As Gurmehar’s post went viral, with students from various universities across the country posting pictures with similar placards, Sehwag tweeted an image of himself holding a poster saying, “I did not score two triple centuries. My bat did.”

In the meantime Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal on Monday wrote to Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik, seeking registration of a case against persons threatening Kargil war martyr’s daughter Gurmehar Kaur and their arrest. Kaur met Maliwal earlier in the day and complained against online threats she was receiving ever since she stood up to RSS student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

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While talking to the reporters, Maliwal said, “Taking cognisance of the complaint, I wrote a letter to the Delhi Police Commissioner and requested him to register an FIR against the culprits and arrest them…It is a matter of shame that a martyr’s daughter is being attacked like this and is threatened with rape and death. If no action is taken against the culprits right now, people will lose faith in the system”.

The student of Lady Shri Ram College posted a picture of her’s holding a poster on Facebook that said: “I am a student from Delhi University. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me.”

She hashtagged #StudentsAgainstABVP

Kaur launched the online campaign against the ABVP after the February 22 violence outside Delhi University’s Ramjas College. She then received rape and death threats on social media by some who called her “anti-national”. Speaking to the media on Monday, Kaur said she was not afraid because she was fighting for “the right cause”. “Just because you are a student organisation, which is in power, does not mean you can threaten me. I don’t want to be scared of you. “A student organisation’s job is to work for the welfare of the students, not to rule them or to scare them,” she said.

She seems to have ruffled many feathers. “I am getting hundreds of threats. If I start lodging complaints against each of them, then even the police will ask me to stop,” Kaur added. Along with threats, Kaur has also received the support of innumerable people — young and old — for her stand against the ABVP and violence on the campus.

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