Gurmehar Kaur withdraws from campaign, tweets ‘this is all I can take’
Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur, who had alleged that she was threatened with rape for opposing ABVP over the recent campus violence in Ramjas College, today withdrew from the “Fightback DU” campaign.
Gurmehar, daughter of martyr Captain Mandeep Singh, on Tuesday morning tweeted, “I have been through a lot and this is all my 20 year self could take”.
I have been through a lot and this is all my 20 year self could take :)— Gurmehar Kaur (@mehartweets) February 28, 2017
She further added that she has shown enough courage and bravery and also requested to be left alone.
To anyone questioning my courage and bravery.. I've shown more than enough— Gurmehar Kaur (@mehartweets) February 28, 2017
I'm withdrawing from the campaign. Congratulations everyone. I request to be left alone. I said what I had to say.. (1/2)— Gurmehar Kaur (@mehartweets) February 28, 2017
Gurmehar further urged students to go to turn up in huge numbers as the march is about them and not an individual.
On the other hand, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will meet LG Anil Baijal at 2.30pm today to demand action against ABVP and rape threats to Gurmehar.
Facing criticism from ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur on Monday said she was neither an "anti-national" nor was she being influenced by anybody.
Responding to Union Minister Kiren Rijiju's tweet asking "who's polluting this young girl's mind," Kaur had yesterday said, "I am not anti-national. My mind is not polluted. I have a mind of my own. I am an adult and can think and take individual decisions."
Kaur also responded to former cricketer Virendar Sehwag's tweet.
"It is very sad to see something like this being said by a man who we all cheer for during cricket matches. These are people who are looked up to," she was quoted as saying by ANI.
20-year-old Kaur, whose now-viral online campaign against RSS-backed student group Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), has become the focus of a social media storm with even senior ministers criticising her stand.
Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal yesterday said 'DCW Home Guards' were providing security to Kaur, who complained of receiving "rape threats" allegedly from ABVP members.
Kaur had last week changed her Facebook profile picture holding a placard reading, "I am a student from Delhi University. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me. #StudentsAgainstABVP."
Ramjas college had recently witnessed large-scale violence between members of the AISA and the ABVP. The genesis of the clash was an invite to JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid to address a seminar on 'Culture of Protests', which was withdrawn by the college authorities following opposition by ABVP.