Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag issued new statements on Wednesday and clarified his tweet that created a furor across the nation. The former cricketer was accused of bullying Gurmehar Kaur, after he posted a tweet that was seen as a way to mock at the 20-year-old girl.
After receiving much backlash from people including prominent personalities for days, the Delhi-born cricketer issued a clarification in a series of tweets and said that he wasn’t aiming to bully Gurmehar.
“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,” he said.
“She has a right to express her views and anyone who threatens her with violence or rape is the lowest form of life,” the cricketer added.
“Everyone has a right to express their views without being bullied or threatened. Gurmehar Kaur or the Phogat sisters,” he added.
Sehwag recently had taken a jibe at Kaur, a Delhi University student who took on Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) workers for creating ruckus outside Ramjas College last week with signature placards. The cricketer didn’t name Kaur, daughter of Captain Mandeep Singh who was killed in the 1999 Kargil war but shared a photo of him standing with a placard that reads, “I didn’t score two triple centuries, my bat did.
Kaur had released videos months back in which she stated that it was not Pakistan but the war (between two countries) that killed her father. Sehwag’s picture may be a copy of that and was commended by Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda and a few others. Soon Sehwag attracted huge backlash and was being called insensitive towards a martyr”s daughter by people including many prominent personalities.