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Parties spar, student gets threats

February 28, 2017 05:25 AM

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Parties spar, student gets threats
Delhi women panel asks police to take action as Gurmehar campaign takes ugly turn
New Delhi, February 27
Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur, whose campaign against the ABVP has gone viral, found herself at the centre of a major row today as the ruling BJP and the Opposition traded charges over the Ramjas College clashes, re-igniting the intolerance debate.

Facing death and rape threats after her social media campaign against the RSS student wing, Kaur, daughter of an Army officer killed in the Kargil war, was compared to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim by a BJP MP while Union Minister Kiren Rijiju wondered who was “polluting” her mind.

Kaur, however, got endorsement of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and many others for her stand against the ABVP and violence on the campus.
The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has asked the police to act against those threatening Gurmehar.
Kaur, a student of Lady Sri Ram College, insisted she won’t be intimidated. “I am not afraid because I am fighting for the right thing,” she said, adding she was getting numerous threats on phone and social media, besides filthy comments. “It would be very nice if I get protection. Fear is not in my blood. My father took a bullet for the country and I am also ready to do that,” she added. Kaur, 20, said nobody had the right to threaten any woman with rape.
She took on the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, which controls the Delhi University Students Union, after its activists were blamed for attacks on students, teachers and journalists on the campus. Students opposed to the Ramjas College violence of February 22 and the online threats against Kaur have decided to take out a march in Delhi University tomorrow. The issue triggered a war of words between the BJP and the Congress. “Criticise the government, but don’t abuse the motherland,” Rijiju said, after Kaur also posted: “Pakistan did not kill my father. War killed him.”
BJP MP Pratap Simha from Mysuru posted an image of Dawood on Twitter with the words “I didn’t kill people in 1993, bombs killed them.” The MP added: “At least Dawood did not use the crutches of his father’s name to justify his anti-national stand.” Both Rijiju and Simha faced flak.
Congress spokesman Manish Tewari said: “An atmosphere is being created to protect those who support violence or are fascist in nature. But those who try to express something within the limits of the Constitution face violence.” The Congress also targeted Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for his remark in London that “there is an alliance of subversion on Indian campuses”.
AAP blamed the government for the threats and accused the ABVP of unleashing violence “both in the real and the online world”. Union ministers M Venkaiah Naidu and Ravi Shankar Prasad hit back at the Opposition for its narrative of attack on freedom of expression. “Everybody has freedom, but that does not mean that you raise slogans to weaken the country. Does freedom of expression mean raising slogans like Azadi for Kashmir, Azadi for Bastar?” asked Prasad. Naidu accused Leftists of turning universities into “laboratories for separatist experiments”

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