Former Team India batsman Virender Sehwag, whose tweet trolling DU student Gurmehar Kaur triggered an outrage on social media, on Tuesday claimed his post was "plain fun" but was misconstrued.
Here is what he tweeted:
My tweet was an attempt to be facetious rather than one to bully anyone over their opinion. Agreement or disagreement wasn't even a factor.— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 1, 2017
She has a right to express her views and anyone who threatens her with violence or rape is the lowest form of life.— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 1, 2017
Everyone has a right to express their views without being bullied or threatened. Gurmehar Kaur or the Phogat sisters.— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 1, 2017
However, Olympic medalist Yogeshwar Dutt and wrestler sisters Geeta and Babita Phogat, joined the bandwagon of celebrities who took to social media to question Kaur's views. Kaur, 20, had started the campaign 'I am not afraid of ABVP', following the violence at Ramjas College.
This was Sehwag's original tweet:
The campaign went viral and received massive support from students of various universities. She posted her pictures on Facebook holding different placards including 'I am not afraid of ABVP' and 'Pakistan did not kill my father but war did'.
While the literature student's classmates and peers started sharing the post, prompting students from various universities across the country to change their profile pictures with similar placards, Sehwag shared an image of his holding a placard saying, "I did not score two triple centuries. My bat did." After his post created a social media flurry, Sehwag on Tuesday clarified, "My tweet wasn't intended for Gurmehar. It was plain fun but people construed the other way."
Dutt posted an image of Kaur along with Adolf Hitler, Osama bin Laden and a black buck. While Geeta Phogat criticised Kaur saying, "If you speak against nation, people will obviously not like it.Irrespective of gender, the person won't be spared", her sister Babita Phogat said, "her view that her father was killed by war and not Pakistan was wrong for me. It's against our nation and martyrs".
Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda, who had joined Sehwag on Monday in the Twitter war with Kaur, wrote an open letter titled "Don't hang me over a laugh" after he was at the receiving end for allegedly bullying the literature student. Kaur withdrew from her social media campaign after receiving rape threats allegedly from the members of the RSS-backed outfit.