ABVP clash: LSR college backs Gurmehar Kaur

"The threats of violence and brutality that she faces are absolutely reprehensible," the statement by faculty said

ABVP clash: LSR college backs Gurmehar Kaur

The English faculty of Lady Shri Ram College has come forward in support of its first year English Honours student, Gurmehar Kaur, who has created a storm in the country with her stand against Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad(ABVP).

In a statement issued by the faculty, it said, "We, the faculty members of the English Department, Lady Shri Ram College unequivocally and strongly support our student Gurmehar Kaur and her right to express her opinion on issues that embroil our university."


Addressing the threats and social media abuse, for which Gurmehar filed a complaint with Delhi Commission of Women, the faculty said, "The threats of violence and brutality that she faces are absolutely reprehensible. Responses on social media by public figures such as VirendraSehwag and RandeepHooda are shameful trivialization of the intimidation that Gurmehar faces at the hands of violent mobs whose viciousness the university has recently witnessed."

The faculty appealed for redressal of the grievances of the student, who created a national storm with her Facebook post after a clash between All India Students Association (AISA) and ABVP, following a seminar invitation to Umar Khalid, a student involved in JNU controversy last year.

In her Facebook post, Gurmehar said she isn't afraid of ABVP, as a result of which she was supported and also threatened rape and violence. The students union were to rally today in support of Gurmehar, but she has withdrawn her suport saying this is all her 20-year-old self can bear.

LSR College faculty backs Gurmehar Kaur: FULL TEXT

The English Department of Lady Shri Ram College, where Gurmehar Kaur is a first-year student of English Honours, has unanimously issued the following statement today.


We, the faculty members of the English Department, Lady Shri Ram College unequivocally and strongly support our student Gurmehar Kaur and her right to express her opinion on issues that embroil our university. It is immensely gratifying to us as her teachers that she has responded sensitively, creatively and bravely to events in her immediate context rather than seek the safe refuge of silence. We feel that it is the bounden duty of educational institutions to nurture sensitive, responsive and critical thinking students without the fear of violent retaliation. We are proud that Gurmehar has fulfilled her duty as a young citizen of this country. The threats of violence and brutality that she faces are absolutely reprehensible. Responses on social media by public figures such as VirendraSehwag and RandeepHooda are shameful trivialization of the intimidation that Gurmehar faces at the hands of violent mobs whose viciousness the university has recently witnessed.We fervently appeal to the good sense of the public and to institutions of redressal to help restore our faith in law and justice in our country and let our young citizens think and articulate without fear of intimidation.

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