“I am a student from Delhi University. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me.” Such were the words of the 20-year-old girl, Gurmehar Kaur, daughter of an army martyr and a student of the Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi. Gurmehar had joined a social media campaign against the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) after violent attack on students and teachers during a protest march in the Delhi University’s Ramjas college campus in February 2017.
Gurmehar’s father died in a terrorist attack in Jammu & Kashmir in 1999. But, Gurmehar had released a video in February this year holding placards where she artlessly declared instead that “Pakistan did not kill my dad, war killed him.” Now, this was quite a bold comment on her part for which she was trolled and received death and rape threats. This issue led to an argument that the freedom of speech has been seriously violated if a girl of 20 can’t express her views through videos and placards. This incident made her a much talked about girl everywhereand she received wide media coverage. Personalities like Virender Sehwag, Randeep Hooda, Geeta Phogat, Babita Phogat, Yogeshwar Dutt, Javed Akthar who didn’t agree with her or made light jokes on her posts were trolled and abused, thus, making sure that disagreeing with her views was unacceptable. Such was the amount of support that an Indian student activist received for her free speech and her mature mentality.
Gurmehar’s Conversation with a person from “Squint Neon” and the post that followed it
Just eight months later, this recently turned youth icon-Gurmehar Kaur has now been accused of threatening to issue a police case against a couple of boys younger than her because she did not like their posts on their Facebook page named “Squint Neon”. The posts criticised the activism of Gurmehar Kaur. Gurmehar’s anger was clearly visible in her comments. The boys, in turn, went public with her threat and pointed out her hypocrisy. They hoped that their public post will make Gurmehar realize her fault of cyberbullying other’s freedom of speech, that was once her condition. But Gurmehar didn’t step aside. Instead she decided to attack the career of those boys as a revenge as mentioned through her messages on October 3. The boys knew very well Gurmehar’s political status. She was recently made the co-founder in an organization offering fellowships in areas usually hijacked by left liberals. Politicians and other members of the establishment prefer having a mafia like control on institutions, and these people support her organization.
Terrified about their future, they unpublished their Facebook page and Gurmehar succeeded in getting their page off Facebook threatening the boys with her political influences.
Its rather ironical that a girl who gained fame for being a victim of cyberbullying has now instead become a cyberbully. Many people in social media expressed their annoyance at this.
After going through all these, Supreme Court lawyer Ishkaran Bhandari found Gurmehrar guilty as compared to the boys under the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Bhandari offered to help the boys. But they are too afraid to take any step and said that they will think about it. Further, Gurmehar has not exposed her next step during filing the report, nor she has shown any sign of guilt for her behaviour.
And people like this are who we call our “social activists.”