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Not Afraid Of Threats, Says Gurmehar Kaur's Grandfather

"Punjabis live for the nation. Will they teach nationalism to us?"

01/03/2017 10:08 AM IST | Updated 01/03/2017 10:11 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - FEBRUARY 28: During the AISA, JNUTA, and Delhi University Students protest March against ABVP wing after 22feb issue at khalsha Collage to art faculty in Delhi university on February 28, 2017 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The grandfather of Gurmehar Kaur, 21-year-old Delhi University student who faced a volley of attacks from Internet trolls, celebrities, and politicians, for staging a silent protest against violence unleashed by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) at the Ramjas college, said on Tuesday he was not afraid of threats faced by his granddaughter.

"What's the worse that they can do? Kill us? To take someone's life takes no big courage. I've lost my son, I am not afraid of threats," Kamaljit Singh was quoted as saying. His son, Captain Mandeep Singh, was killed in action in the 1999 Kargil war.

"She (Kaur) did not say a word against these people. She did not say a word against the country. She's only 21 years old, but we don't worry," Singh said.

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In a separate interview to News18, Singh said his son "killed 26 enemies before laying down his life".

"Punjabis live for the nation. Will they teach nationalism to us? We have lost our son, do we need to prove anything," he said.

After days of relentlessly being trolled, Kaur on Tuesday said she's pulling out of the DU march to be held at the Khalsa college and was quitting the campaign she started to protest the RSS-backed group's action.

Kaur's tweets came even as several celebrities joined in the non-stop trolling, mocking her for her opinion, casting doubts over her intention behind condemning the ABVP, and accusing her of selling out to Pakistan, based on an old photo of her holding a sign that read 'Pakistan did not kill my dad, war did'.

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