As heated controversies continue following the social media campaign against ABVP, by Kargil martyr’s daughter, Gurmehar Kaur, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has today sought social networking site, Facebook’s intervention in the matter. The women safety body of Delhi has asked Facebook to deactivate the accounts from which ‘rape threats’ were allegedly issued to the Delhi University student. After her campaign against the RSS backed student wing went viral and attracted supports from many, Gurmehar has yesterday approached the DCW with complaints that she is allegedly receiving rape threats from members of ABVP.
Over her campaign, Gurmehar received several threats and had also been trolled by celebrity figures like Virender Sehwag, Randeep Hooda. Trolling the DU student over a video she shared last year, saying that ‘Pakistan didn’t kill my father, war killed him’, Virendra Sehwag trolled her saying, ‘i didn’t score two triple centuries, my bat did’.
The DCW wrote to Delhi Police demanding security for her and her family and lodging of an FIR. The Delhi Police today registered an FIR against unknown persons in connection with the case. DCW Chief Swati Maliwal in the letter said that Kaur has been subjected to “extreme abuse and rape threats” on her Facebook profile.
“We are in the receipt of a complaint from her which is self-explanatory and contains relevant screenshots of rape threats and abuse as evidence. The same is being forwarded to you for your perusal and necessary action,” she wrote. “Urgent action needs to be taken against the abusers by Facebook and their social media accounts need to be deactivated immediately,” she said.
The DCW chief also asked the Facebook to provide complete contact details, IP addresses and other information of the abusers available with it which can help identify the abusers. Ramjas college had last week witnessed large-scale violence between AISA and the ABVP members over cancellation of an invite to JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid to address a seminar.
Kaur, a literature student of Lady Sri Ram college and daughter of a martyr, had started a campaign ‘I am not afraid of ABVP’ after the violence. However, as the controversy grew, she withdrew and left for Jalandhar to be with her family, requesting that she should be “left alone”.
(With inputs from agencies)