Gurmehar Kaur says not interested in politics, gets police protection
“I just gave my opinion, and I never expected the whole thing to take such a turn. I had a really bad time. I am not in a state to talk about it, and I cannot take it anymore.”
The 20-year-old Lady Shri Ram College student, Gurmehar Kaur, has now cleared the air about the alleged political motives amid backlash on her statements. The Punjab police have also provided her protection following rape and death threats after her social media statements against Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
In an interview to Hindustan Times, Gurmehar said, “The issue on which I spoke went out of hand. I would like to clarify that I do not want to enter politics.” Speaking at her house in Jalandhar, Gurmehar added, “I just gave my opinion, and I never expected the whole thing to take such a turn. I had a really bad time. I am not in a state to talk about it, and I cannot take it anymore.”
The martyr’s daughter, for her part, wished that the media glare would move away. “It is not acceptable that people get to see my house, the place I stay, in the newspapers. It doesn’t feel good,” she said, adding that even having a meal peacefully was difficult with everybody bombarding her through phone and email.
“I am through with this. I came here from Delhi to get some rest, but the media is hounding me here too. I am unable to go outside, and nobody is able to come in either,” she said.
The Punjab Police have provided two lady police personnel for her security.
Furthermore, it has been reportedly said that she left Delhi following the backlash of her social media campaign. She also withdrew herself from the protest campaign against the ABVP and wanted to be left alone.
On February 21, ABVP protested in Ramjas College against an invitation to Umar Khalid, who allegedly raised anti-national slogans in JNU controversy, following which All India Students Association (AISA) protested, which led to clash and police involvement.
Gurmehar Kaur, daughter of a Kargil martyr, got involved when she posted on social media that she isn't afraid of ABVP.