Cricketer Gautam Gambhir on Wednesday came out in support of Delhi University tyro Gurmehar Kaur, observant that “she is entitled to her opinion” and “mocking her is despicable”.
“The leisure of countenance is comprehensive and equal for all. High time we learnt that and practised it daily in each globe of life,” tweeted Gambhir.
In a video summary embedded in a tweet, he added: “…the new events have left me with a clarity of disappointment. We live in a giveaway nation where everybody is entitled to their opinion. If a daughter who mislaid her father puts adult posts about a horrors of fight with a goal of achieving peace, she has all a right to (do so). It’s not an event for everybody to uncover how nationalistic they are and squad adult on her and ridicule her. She is entitled to her opinion only as each other citizen is. Everyone might not determine with her, though derisive her for it is despicable.”
The 20-year-old tyro of Lady Shri Ram College, daughter of an Indian Army captain who died fighting militants in Jammu and Kashmir, has been trolled on amicable media over her mount opposite ABVP and an progressing video debate advocating assent between India and Pakistan.
Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag, Olympic medalist Yogeshwar Dutt, and wrestler sisters Geeta and Babita Phogat were among those who questioned Kaur’s views.
Sehwag, however, sought to de-escalate a conditions with a array of tweets on Wednesday, condeming rape threats and assault opposite Kaur and support her right to giveaway speech. “My twitter was an try to be flippant rather than one to brag anyone over their opinion. Agreement or feud wasn’t even a factor… She has a right to demonstrate her views and anyone who threatens her with assault or rape is a lowest form of life… Everyone has a right to demonstrate their views but being bullied or threatened. Gurmehar Kaur or a Phogat sisters,” he tweeted.
“D in Democracy stands for Dissent. Whoever tries to drown a voice is violating a dedicated code. Let there be opinions,” tweeted cricketer and commentator Aakash Chopra. “Here’s to clever women… May we know them. May we be them. May we lift them. #GurmeharKaur.”
“Sad to see sportspersons removing concerned but meaningful a context of a message…that is peace,” tweeted badminton star Jwala Gutta.
In a past, Gambhir has aired his opinion on a operation of issues — from ancillary Dangal star Zaira Wasim and BSF deputy Tej Bahadur Yadav to criticising Railways’ disaster to equivocate sight accidents.