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  1. Trolling Gurmehar Kaur ‘not right’, says Ravi Shankar Prasad, adds, ‘ministers have not made any wrong comments’

Trolling Gurmehar Kaur ‘not right’, says Ravi Shankar Prasad, adds, ‘ministers have not made any wrong comments’

Today, in his reaction Minister for Communications & Information Technology and Law & Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad said that 'trolling Gurmehar was wrong'. However, he also hurried to add that 'ministers have not made any wrong comments'.

By: | Updated: February 28, 2017 1:36 PM
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad (PTI)

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today commented on the raging Gurmehar Kaur ‘freedom of speech’ row in which Delhi University’s Lady Shriram College student received rape and death threats on social media after she targetted the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) for preventing Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students from entering Ramjas College for a programme. Gurmehar raised an objection to the resultant violence that was being used to stamp down on free speech. She even posted an anti-ABVP video. Gurmehar was trolled thereafter on the social media and was threatened with violence including rape and death posts. Her views had split the online community down the middle and famous personalities like Virender Sehwag, Babita Phogat and others trolled her for her views, especially where she said that ‘not Pakistan, war killed her father’ (Capt Mandeep Singh was killed during the Kargil War). Conversely, others like Javed Akhtar have come out in her support. Some ministers in the PM Narendra Modi led NDA government like Minister of State (MoS) Home Kiren Rijiju and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said that she was being used as a pawn by unnamed entities. Gurmehar had objected to that line of thought and had said that no one was using her and that she was acting entirely on her own.

Today, in his reaction Minister for Communications & Information Technology and Law & Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad said that ‘trolling Gurmehar was wrong’. However, he also hurried to add that ‘ministers have not made any wrong comments’. According to News18, Prasad said that everyone should respect the martyr’s daughter. He further added, “Everyone has the right to express. But saying that Kashmir or Bastar should be made independent is wrong.”

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Union ministers M Venkaiah Naidu and Kiren Rijiju on Monday criticised Kaur. Kiren Rijiju on Monday posted a series of tweets, asking, “Who’s polluting this young girl’s mind?” “Some people say they need freedom in India. Listen to those people taking shelter in India after facing torture in neighbouring countries,” he wrote. He also said that “freedom of expression is not a license to shout anti-national slogans in campuses. Criticise the government but don’t abuse the motherland”.

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    Congreess The
    Feb 28, 2017 at 8:22 am
    First, this young lady suddenly popped up as the main news, putting sentencing of senior SIMI activists by court, in a corner in some inside page by most newspapers is suious. First the father of this lady is not the only one who sacrificed life, we salute brave captain Singh, but her daughter is politicizing the issue to get unnecessary coverage in the media. Her father did not die in Kargil war, he was killed by Islamic militants during Amarnath Yatra…so he was not killed by stan…etc., holds no relevance. Secondly she is not been informed that n the aftermath of Kargil war. During a programme in JNU felicitating Kargil heroes, her dear Leftist friends/ students not only raised anti India slogans, but also aulted a few Indian soldiers present there.
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