Monday, 26 August 2019

Sehwag mocks girl for supporting Muslim students’ right to free speech

Gurmehar Kaur 1
NEW DELHI: Former Indian cricket team captain Virender Sehwag trolled a female university student for announcing her support for two Muslim students who were attending an event disrupted by a nationalist party. Gurmehar Kaur expressed solidarity with Umar and Shehla, both students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), after members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) disrupted a session which was under way at Delhi University. “I am a student of Delhi University. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me,” Kaur said. Sehwag mocked the girl saying, “I didn’t score two triple centuries, my bat did.” While the former cricketer was apparently responding to the varsity incident, he was referring to Kaur’s tweet that she posted a year ago saying, “Pakistan did not kill my dad, war killed him.” The girl’s father Captain Mandeep Singh was killed during the Kargil war. Meanwhile, Kaur filed a complaint with a women right panel, saying she was threatened with rape over her social media campaign against ABVP. ABVP is the student wing of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, which is the ideological parent of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Sehwag’s move also did not go well with social media users who termed it to be in bad taste.

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