FACTBOX: Gulmehar Kaur Row as It Happened Today

FACTBOX: Gulmehar Kaur Row as It Developed Today

Ramjas College literary event has turned into a bigger ideological war between BJP-led ABVP and leftist-dominated AISA student organisation in New Delhi with intelligentsia equally divided on the row which has been taking fast turns over the last three days.

While the Ramjas College literary society, which had invited JNU student Umar Khalid to speak at a seminar on Cultures of Protest on February 21, cancelled the event under pressure from the college’s student union, dominated by the ABVP, the leftist student organisations under AISA took out a protest march against the cancellation.

What followed was clashes between the two student groups turned violent and some ABVP members were caught hitting students and teachers, besides some journalists on TV cameras. Soon, rallies and counter-rallies, court petitions and counter petitions dominated the situation in the national capital while the Delhi Commission of Women (DCW) asked the Delhi Police to check the violence against women, acting on the complaint of DU student Gurmehar Kaur.

Kaur, a 21-year-old LSR college student who was also a daughter of a martyr, hit social media with a placard showing that it was war and not Pakistan which had led to her father’s death. Then cricketer Virender Sehwag showed his pathetic humour mimicking her over his achievement of centuries and Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda showed his fun while Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju made his amateur remarks.

Here are some key developments on the on-going row today, Wednesday, March 1, 2017:

  1. Two ABVP student activists who had attacked AISA activists during the protest march were arrested by Delhi Police and ABVP immediately disowned them and suspended them from membership.

  2. ABVP said it would take out a protest march on Thursday, March 2, 2017 against what it called anti-socials, the word it uses for left-oriented students.

  3. Non-ABVP students including those from JNU, including its iconic leader Kanhaiyya Kumar, and several DU colleges call for a march against ABVP on March 4, 2017 from Mandi House to Parliament Street.

  4. The centre of protests, Gurmehar Kaur leaves for Jalandhar amid threats of rape and murder from some elements for organising social media protests under the hashtag "Students Against ABVP".

  5. Back in Jalandhar, Punjab Police has extended protection to Gurmehar Kaur with two women constables posted as her guards.

  6. ABVP stages protests against Delhi Police now as two of its members were arrested, seeking action against what it said anti-nationals.

  7. Haryana BJP minister Anil Vij says, "Those supporting Gurmehar Kaur are pro-Pakistan, therefore, such people should be thrown out of the country."

  8. Bihar deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav, questions: "Who is ABVP to decide who is national and who an anti-national? Who has given them right to do so?"

  9. Shajia Ilmi, former AAP member and now BJP top brass in Delhi cries foul. "No one talks of harassment of ABVP and BJP. Part of English press owned by them so they manage to create the narrative against BJP."

  10. Delhi colleges resume classes, including Ramjas college where the entire row was triggered.

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