New Delhi, Mar 1: Caught in a centre of a storm following his tweet over Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur, who blamed war and not Pakistan for the death of her Army officer father in the Kargil war, the former India cricketer Virender Sehwag clarified on Wednesday (March 1) that his tweet wasn't aimed at bullying the girl.
"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," tweeted the former India opener.
Sehwag also criticised the actions of those threatening the girl with violence or rape who has expressed 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 tweeted.
Sehwag went on to clarify that both Kaur and Phogat sisters, who came into his support, have a right to express their views without being threatened or bullied.
"Everyone has a right to express their views without being bullied or threatened. Gurmehar Kaur or the Phogat sisters," he tweeted further.
Earlier on Tuesday (Feb 28), Congress MP Shashi Tharoor joined several other politicians and celebrities to voice regret over cricketer's move to "trivialise a serious issue like war".
Sehwag, who is known for making witty comments on social media, took to Twitter to take a humerous comment over Kaur for blaming Kargil War and not Pakistan for the death of her father in a video that was aimed a criticising Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) following the violent protest outside Ramjas college.
The Delhi-based cricketer left people divided following his response to a post of a Kargil martyr's daughter.
Sehwag took to his Twitter account and wrote, "I didn't score two triple centuries, my bat did. #BharatJaisiJagahNahi", in response to Gurmehar's, who is a student of Lady Shri Ram College, observation.
Here's what all Sehwag said on Twitter:
Sehwag says his tweet was facetious
"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," tweeted Sehwag.
Sehwag criticises bullies
Sehwag criticised those bullying the girl for expressing her views.
Everyone has a right to express their views, says Sehwag
Sehwag wrote, "Everyone has a right to express their views without being bullied or threatened. Gurmehar Kaur or the Phogat sisters."
This is what Sehwag said on Gurmehar
The "Nawab of Najafgarh"s reaction to the daughter of a martyr was applauded by many, but there were also those who criticised him for mocking the family of a martyr and unnecessarily bullying a 20-year-old girl.
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