Gurmehar Kaur row: Virender Sehwag does U-turn, says ‘my tweet not meant for her, it was plain fun’

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New Delhi | Updated: February 28, 2017 5:09:52 PM

According to a report by the India Today, Sehwag has said that while the intention of his tweet was plain humour, people misconstructed it in a different way.

The Twitter world is now incomplete without Sehwag’s witty and hilarious tweets. (PTI)

After former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag trolled Kargil martyr’s daughter Gurmehar Kaur over a video she shared last year and as fresh controversies erupted after Gurmehar started a social media campaign against the Ramdas college violence, Virender Sehwag has now changed his tone and claimed that his tweet was not intended for the 20-year old Delhi University student. According to a report by the India Today, Sehwag has said that while the intention of his tweet was plain humour, people misconstructed it in a different way.

Days back violence erupted at the Ramjas college of the Delhi University, as right-wing ABVP opposed the invitation of JNU student Umar Khalid at a seminar in the college. Following the violence, Kargil martyr’s daughter Gurmehar Kaur, started a social media campaign stating that she is not scared of the 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’.

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And as Randeep Hooda also joined the controversy with tweet calling Gurmehar Kaur a ‘political prawn’, the Bollywood actor, justified his action by sharing a Facebook post mentioning, “Don’t hang me over a laugh”. Justifying his stance on the matter Randeep Hooda, over a post in Facebook, said, “Viru cracked a joke and I admit I laughed. Damn!! He is so witty and this is one of the other million things he’s said that has made me crack up. That was it!!”

Hitting out at those who had trolled her, Gurmehar Kaur earlier said, “To anyone questioning my courage and bravery. I’ve shown more than enough.” It has been learned that students and teachers from Delhi University and JNU will hold a march from Khalsa College to Arts Faculty. According to reports, left-wing student organisation AISA will carry out march even as NSUI is planning to sit on hunger strike. Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal had said ‘DCW Home Guards’ were providing security to the Kargil martyr’s daughter, who complained of receiving “rape threats” allegedly from ABVP members. Gurmehar met Maliwal and alleged that she had been receiving rape threats on social media allegedly by ABVP members.

However, RSS backed ABVP has claimed that the violence among the students were intrigued by left wing parties. Further claiming that the speech of JNU student Umar Khalid was actively opposed by the DU students, the ABVP members stated that they won’t tolerate anti-national slogans in their campus and will protest and fight against it. Addressing the media, Ankit Sangwan, an ABVP member alleged the Left of vandalism and spreading anti-national propaganda in the Delhi University campus.

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