Gurmehar Withdraws From Campaign, Won’t Take Part In AISA March


New Delhi: Gurmehar Kaur, the Delhi University student at the centre of controversy surrounding the premier educational institution, has decided to distance herself from the patriot war playing out at the Ramjas College.

On Tuesday, Kaur posted a series of tweets, saying she will not be participating in the AISA march. “I’m withdrawing from the campaign. Congratulations everyone. I request to be left alone. I said what I had to say”, Gurmehar Kaur said.

“I have been through a lot and this is all my 20 year self could take :). The campaign is about students and not about me. Please go to the March in huge numbers. Best of luck, Kaur, whose father Captain Mandeep Singh was martyred in a terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir in 1999, said.

“To anyone questioning my courage and bravery…I’ve shown more than enough. One thing is for sure, next time we will think twice before resorting to violence or threats and that’s all this was about,” she added.

Gurmehar Kaur, daughter of Captain Mandeep Singh, had posted a photo on Facebook of her holding a placard in which she said she was “not afraid of ABVP”. Kaur had last week changed her Facebook profile picture into one 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.” The campaign had gone viral and received massive support from students across universities.

She has alleged that she has received rape threats on social media by ABVP members following which she has filed a complaint at the Delhi Commission for Women.

While the literature student’s classmates and peers started sharing the post, prompting students from various universities across the country to change their profile pictures with similar placards, Sehwag shared an image of his holding a placard saying, “I did not score two triple centuries. My bat did.”

While many Twitter users criticised Sehwag for comparing a cricket match to a war, many others including Randeep Hooda cheered Sehwag for his remark, saying, “She (Gurmehar) is being made a pawn.”