As Students Protest Against ABVP, Gurmehar Kaur Withdraws From Campaign After Threats

The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists who are leading a protest march in the North Campus of the Delhi University were seen carrying posters of the RSS workers who were killed in Kerala.

Former India opener Virender Sehwag on Sunday posted his image holding a placard which read "I did not score two triple centuries, my bat did", and said: "Bat me hai Dum!"

As social media debates over Delhi student Gurmehar Kaur's campaign and the violent clashes last week at Delhi's Ramjas College, students from the University of Mumbai are also taking to social media on opposing sides. Threatened with rape and murder, Kaur, daughter of an army officer who died in the Kargil war, said she was withdrawing from the social media campaign against ABVP. The ABVP has also assured on conducting an internal review into the matter and corrective action will be taken in this direction based on the reports of enquiry. "She has fulfilled her duty as a young citizen", the college said in a statement. The campaign went viral and received massive support from students of various universities. She also received rape threats, and lodged a complaint regarding the issue with the Delhi Commission for Women. The FIR was registered under relevant sections of the IT Act and IPC, said a senior police officer. Her placard read: "I am a student from Delhi University".

"I think that we are heading towards a complete breakdown of democratic constitutional structure and BJP are seeking to condone the violence and the vandalism and threaten intimidation of the ABVP instead of condemning it", JD (U) leader Pavan Verma told ANI. 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.

The whole case began when Umar Khalid, who was accused of shouting anti-India slogans at the Jawahar Lal Nehru University a year ago, and Shehla Rasheed, a former office bearer of JNU Students' Union, were invited to speak at a literary event organised by the Department of English at the Ramjas College.

Hundreds of students and teachers of Delhi University, JNU and Jamia hit the streets with a call to "save" the varsities from the "onslaught" of ABVP and "curbing" of dissent. "Police personnel caught two of them and brought them to the Maurice (Nagar) police station", it said.

  • Zachary Reyes