Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag on Wednesday responded to criticism after he was accused of bullying Gurmehar Kaur, daughter of a Kargil martyr, in one of his tweets. Sehwag once again took to Twitter and clarified that he never intended to bully anyone. In his first tweet, Sehwag posted, “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.”
Sehwag also mentioned that Gurmehar has the right to express her views. “She has a right to express her views and anyone who threatens her with violence or rape is the lowest form of life,” he added.”
The controversy started after an old video of the Gurmehar resurfaced with her holding a placard reading “Pakistan did not kill my father, war did.” After the violence in Delhi she started an online campaign to protest against ABVP. Also Read- Gautam Gambhir slams Virender Sehwag, says mocking Gurmehar Kaur for her opinion is despicable
Sehwag concluded with his third tweet, saying, “everyone has a right to express their views without being bullied or threatened. Gurmehar Kaur or the Phogat sisters,” he concluded.
Here are the series of tweets Sehwag posted:
Not just Sehwag, but Yogeshwar Dutt, and Gautam Gambhir had expressed their views on the issue as well
Deepa Malik and Phogat sisters, Geeta and Babita Phogat, had also slammed Gurmehar Kaur for ‘belittling’ her father’s martyrdom. Also Read- Don’t trivialise war, your counter to Gurmehar wrong: Shashi Tharoor to Virender Sehwag
However, Olympic bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt later went on to clarify that he was not against Gurmehar, “I am not against Gurmehar Kaur, I respect her, she is the daughter of a Shaheed, I just have a different view. If Pakistan did not kill our soldiers then who did? We were fighting a war against Pakistan weren’t we?”