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Gurmehar Kaur row:Vidya Balan feels people should respect others' freedom of expression

Gurmehar Kaur, 20, Withdrew From Her Social Media Campaign On Teusday After Allegedly Receiving Threats From The Members Of The RSS-backed Outfit And Getting Trolled. When Asked About What She Feels Regarding The Issue, Vidya Told Reporters, I Don't Want To Say Much About This. I Think What We Really Need To Do Is Respect People's Freedom Of Expression

PTI | Updated on: 01 Mar 2017, 05:05:45 PM
Gurmehar Kaur-Vidya Balan


Bollywood Actress Vidya Balan said she did not want to add anything more to what Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur is going through but felt that one should respect others' freedom of expression. Lady Sri Ram College student Gurmehar Kaur, daughterof army martyr Captain Mandeep Singh, had launched a viralsocial media campaign against Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) following violence between members of unions AISA and ABVP workers in Delhi University's Ramjas College.

Kaur, 20, withdrew from her social media campaign on Teusday after allegedly receiving threats from the members of the RSS-backed outfit and getting trolled. When asked about what she feels regarding the issue, Vidya told reporters, "I don't want to say much about this. I think what we really need to do is respect people's freedom of expression.

'He said something she said something', all are right in their place. But I don't want to add anything more,everyone has the right to express what they feel."

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The "Dirty Picture" actress, however, added that violence should not happen and there is no justification for that. She was speaking at the launch of the book "The Wrong Turn" by Sanjay Chopra and Namita Roy Ghose, on Tuesday evening.

Last week, Delhi University's Ramjas College witnessed violence between members of AISA and ABVP workers. The genesis of the clash was an invite to JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid to address a seminar on Culture of Protests which was withdrawn by the college authorities following opposition by the ABVP.

Filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia, who was also present at the event, said it is sad a mountain has been made out of a mole hill. "She is an innocent girl, she said something and it's sad all the prominent people are commenting on that. They have made her life difficult. I feel very bad, helpless. If the majority thinks like this I don't think the nation is moving on the right path." 

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First Published : 01 Mar 2017, 04:50:00 PM