GurMaher Kaur a Dehli University student whose father Capt. Mandeep Singh died in Kargil war is facing the rape threats and label of being an unpatriotic anti-national citizen in India for speaking against the war and favoring the peace.
Her picture on social media where she said “Pakistan didn’t kill my father war did” stirred the anti-Pakistan sections in India.
Celebrities like Randeep Hooda, Virender Sehwag and many others who perhaps didn’t like to endorse the idea of peace over war used social media to defy GurMaher Kaur’s slogan.
Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag slammed the girl by saying, “I didn’t score three triple centuries, my bat did.”
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 26, 2017
Sehwag was not the only one who spoke against the peace-promoting endeavor of GurMaher Kaur. An Olympian wrestler Ramjas Row came forward with some more superficial examples.
— ANI (@ANI_news) February 28, 2017
GurMaher Kaur’s advocacy on peace is not what caused the decades-old conflict to resurge. The hype started when differences between the right wing and left wing student organization in Dehli University resurfaced.
The conflict revived after ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad) the student wing of ruling party BJP interrupted a seminar on which Umer Khalid president of DSU (Democratic Student Union) was supposed to speak. Umar had also faced sedition charges after speaking for the freedom of Kashmir.
To condemn and speak against the intolerant practices by the ABVP, GurMaher posted her picture with a poster that said, “I am a student from Delhi University, I am not afraid of what ABVP said, I am not alone, every student of India is with me, #StudentsAgainstABVP.”
GurMaher also received the rape threats. For her bold stance and speaking against the culture of intolerance and violence
Talking to NDTV she said,
“It is very scary when people threaten you with violence and rape.”
She told how people were commenting on her facebook profile picture while giving her rape threats. She said, “There is this guy called Rahul who gave a very detailed explanation in comments how he would like to rape me.”
“Giving rape threats to the woman of your own country in the name of nationalism is not correct.” she added.