'I am not afraid': the Delhi student facing death threats for taking on India's right wing

'I am not afraid': the Delhi student facing death threats for taking on India's right wing

When Gurmehar Kaur posted a note of defiance on Facebook she became the subject of national debate – and a torrent of abuse

The photograph that led to Gurmehar Kaur being put under 24-hour police protection was taken by her best friend on a camera phone in her university dorm room. The simple colour shot shows her holding a placard saying she would not be intimidated by a rightwing group she accused of disrupting her college.

Only hours after she posted the image to Facebook, Kaur, a 20-year-old English student at Delhi University, found herself at the centre of a national debate that, for weeks now, has fed television shows, news stories and editorials and has involved politicians, film stars and the former captain of India’s cricket team.

Bat me hai Dum !#BharatJaisiJagahNahi pic.twitter.com/BNaO1LBHLH

I’m withdrawing from the campaign. Congratulations everyone. I request to be left alone. I said what I had to say.. (1/2)

I have been through a lot and this is all my 20 year self could take 🙂

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