Cricketer Virender Sehwag and Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda’s tweets in response to the stand taken by Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur on the violence on north campus last week has opened a can of worms on Twitter.
Kaur had changed her Facebook profile after the violent clashes in the north campus with a picture of her holding a placard which 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”.
Last Wednesday, Ramjas College witnessed large-scale violence between members of AISA and ABVP workers. The clash started over an invite to JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid to address a seminar on ‘Culture of Protests’ which was withdrawn by the college authorities following opposition by the ABVP.
The Lady Shri Ram Ram College student has said she has attracted hate messages over her stand on the issue and even alleged on Sunday that she received “rape threats”. “I have been getting a lot of threats on social media. I think it is very scary when people threaten you with violence or with rape,” she told.
Late on Sunday night, Mr Sehwag tweeted a picture of himself holding up a piece of paper with these words on it: “I didn’t score two triple centuries, my bat did.”
The former cricketer’s comment has been re-tweeted over 17,000 times in less than 24 hours. People were quick to pick up his sly reference to Ms Kaur’s post in May urging peace between India and Pakistan.
Last year, Ms Kaur featured in a viral video in which she held up placards urging peace between India and Pakistan. One of them read: “Pakistan did not kill my dad, war killed him.”
Ms Kaur was heavily trolled for that video, which has been viewed over 1.5 million times onFacebook alone. This time, she has chosen to file a complaint with the Delhi Commission for Women over the threats.
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