Expressing distress at gaining so much political attention, DU student Gurmehar Kaur, the 20-year-old Kargil martyr’s daughter, clarified on Thursday that she had no intention of joining politics.
“The issue on which I spoke went out of hand. I would like to clarify that I do not want to enter politics,” Gurmehar told a daily newspaper from home in Jalandhar.
Gurmehar's social media campaign against the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) following the violence that erupted at Ramjas College of the Delhi University went viral.
“I just gave my opinion, and I never expected the whole thing to take such a turn. I had a really bad time. I am not in a state to talk about it, and I cannot take it anymore,” she added.
A day after filing complaint to the DCW after receiving online ‘rape threats’ and people calling her ‘anti-national’, Gurmehar on Tuesday announced her withdrawal from the campaign, saying, “This is all a 20-year-old could take”.
“I am withdrawing from the campaign. Congratulations everyone. I request to be left alone. I said what I had to say,” Gurmehar tweeted.
"I have been through a lot and this is all my 20 year self could take," she said.
Further clarifying on the campaign, Gurmegar said that the campaign is about students and not about me.
"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 added.
Gurmehar on Sunday alleged to have received “rape threats” after her post on Facebook went viral. “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,” she posted.
Ramjas College on February 22 witnessed violent clashes between members of the ABVP and the All India Students Association (AISA). The ABVP carried out the protest against an event invite to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Umar Khalid, accused in sedition case last year for an event in the college.
Professors and students of the college were injured during the clashes.