LUDHIANA-- 15-year-old Jhanvi Behal is no ordinary girl. She is an activist who was awarded for her contribution to 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' on Republic Day. She has made a documentary, Maa Mera Ki Kasoor, on female foeticide to spread awareness. She had also filed a writ in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against adult movies and porn content on social networking sites.
Jhanvi now wants to have an open debate with JNU students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar
The teenage girl from Ludhiana has challenged the 29-year-old from Begusarai in Bihar. She has challenged him for an open debate on freedom of expression.
Jhanvi thinks Kanhaiya was not right in criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "What Kanhaiya ji said about Prime Minister Modi wasn't appreciable at all. Instead of criticising the Prime Minister, he should have said something on those who raised anti-national slogans in the campus," Jhanvi told ANI.
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The 15-year-old said that Prime Minister Modi has been working tirelessly for the nation's betterment and it is very easy to scorn at someone by sitting at home.
"I invite him for an open debate on what he said on Prime Minister Modi," she said.
Pointing out that the Prime Minister has been elected by the people of India, the 15-year-old stated that Kanhaiya with his critical remarks about the former is speaking against the people of the country who have elected him to the top post.
"I would like to inform that I would have done the same had there been any other Prime Minister," she said.
"There have been reports of anti-India slogans being raised in JNU. I want to ask him as to why there is no check in the university, but on the contrary he is criticising Prime Minister Modi," she added.
“What has happened in JNU campus in the name freedom of expression is not tolerable for any Indian. The students were raising anti-India slogans, when armymen were sacrificing their lives fighting against Pakistan sponsored terrorists," Jhanvi told Hindustan Times.
So, who is Jhanvi?
The 15-year-old has raised several public issues in the past, including the matter of road blockage of various organizations which she had taken to the court.
Back in 2014, she conducted a sting operation on tobacco and liquor stores in a bid to undercover the practice of selling cigarettes and other tobacco-based products to teenagers. Her operation even led to the filing of an FIR against some stores.
A student of DAV Public School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Ludhiana, she considers Mother Teresa as her source of inspiration for working for the society’s betterment.
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