I Got Rape Threats For Calling Out ABVP, Says Kargil Martyr’s Daughter

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Update: Kargil martyr’s daughter files complaint with women’s panel after alleging threats over Facebook post.

New Delhi: The crack in her voice does not impair the statement that she makes but they do commission a moment of thought. Gurmehar Kaur, daughter of Captain Mandeep Singh who was killed in the 1999 Kargil War, has 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.

“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 reportedly told media.

Countering Ms Kaur’s remarks, ABVP’s National spokesperson, Saket Bahuguna said, “Wherever we see that the integrity of our country is at stake, ABVP will protest.”

Clashes 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 in 2016 where anti-India slogans were allegedly raised.

140-word Facebook post and a picture which she posted hours after the clashes went viral. In the picture, the Lady Shri Ram College student held a handwritten placard that read: “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”.

But 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.

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