Gurmehar Kaur withdraws from campaign against ABVP
NEW DELHI: Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur whose social media campaign against the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) went viral, on Tuesday announced her withdrawal from the campaign.
“I’m withdrawing from the campaign. Congratulations everyone. I request to be left alone. I said what I had to say…” Kaur said in a tweet.
“I have been through a lot and this is all my 20 year self could take,” said the student of Delhi’s Lady Sri Ram College, and daughter of Captain Mandeep Singh who died in the Kargil war.
She, however, did ask students to join the march that was being held in the Delhi University on Tuesday.
“The campaign is about students and not about me. Please go to the March in huge numbers. Best of luck,” she added.
“To anyone questioning my courage and bravery.. I’ve shown more than enough,” she said.
Kaur launched a social media campaign against the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) students wing after a spate of violence in Ramjas College in Delhi.
She posted a video on Facebook with placards, one of them saying: “I am a student of Delhi University. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me.”
She then received rape and life threats on the social media by some who called her “anti-national”.
Clashes took place at Delhi University’s Ramjas college on February 22, after the ABVP members forced the cancellation of a seminar and then disrupted a march.