Ramjas row: I got rape threats for calling out ABVP, says Kargil martyr's daughter
ABVP's National spokesperson, Saket Bahuguna said, "Wherever we see that the integrity of our country is at stake, ABVP will protest."
Days after Gurmehar Kaur's facebook post went viral, she said she has received a barrage of threats including that of rape after she spoke out against the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad or ABVP, a student union linked to the ruling BJP, following the violence at Delhi's Ramjas College on Wednesday.
Gurmehar Kaur, daughter of Captain Mandeep Singh who was killed in the 1999 Kargil War, told NDTV, "I've been getting a lot of threats on social media. When you open the profile picture that I changed, you keep seeing there are people threatening me and calling me an anti-nationalist. I think it's very scary when people threaten you with violence or with rape. There is this guy called Rahul and he's given a very detailed explanation in a comment saying how he would like to rape me. That is very scary."
She was countered by ABVP's National spokesperson, Saket Bahuguna who said, "Wherever we see that the integrity of our country is at stake, ABVP will protest."
Lady Sri Ram student Gurmehar also clarified her stand to people calling her anti-national in a Facebook post on Saturday.
“Why, should I not stand for these 18 year old and 17 year olds who got beaten to pulp in the name of nationalism. Yeh nationalism nahi Hota. Nationalism woh Hota Hai - ki apni desh ki constitution ki respect kerna. Apne country mien Khud ki youth ke leye stand Lena. Apni awaaz uthana nationalism Hota hai. Ladke , Ladkiyo, professors ke baal kheechna, unhe Thapar marna, gandi gaaliya dena, laathi charge kerna, 12 baje raat ko unke PG pe raid kerna. YEH NAHI hoti nationalism,” Kaur posted on her Facebook on Saturday evening.
This comes in the light of clashes that had erupted outside the campus of Ramjas College between groups of students after the ABVP objected to an invitation for a seminar to Jawaharlal Nehru University student Umar Khalid, who had been accused of sedition over an event last year where anti-India slogans were allegedly raised.
The Facebook post by Gurmehar Kaur received the messages of solidarity and criticism to her post were also accompanied by a torrent of ugly abuse. The post has been shared nearly 3,000 times and received more than 1,000 comments in four days.