15-year-old Jhanvi Behal from Ludhiana created quite a stir when she asked JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar for an open debate on freedom of speech and expression.
However, the teenager is getting abusive threats on social media for challenging Kumar to a debate.
Her father, Ashwin Behal, had said that her social media accounts had been flooded with threats and people had been using offensive language against her.
Jhanvi said: “Kanhaiya and his supporters have been trying to evade the debate due to the fear of losing. Now they have started threatening me,” adding that “Kanhaiya has also given statements against the Army, which is condemnable”.
In a letter to the Director General of the Punjab Police, President of the Raksha Jyoti Foundation Ashwani Behal requested security for Jhanvi saying that her works towards the upliftment of society had made her a target and put her life on danger.
“She is a young woman who raised her voice against the person who is booked under various acts under IPC and she is continuously working for social upliftment of our society. This caused danger to her life and many anti-social elements are willing to harm her,” the letter said.
“He is levelling allegations without any evidence just for political gains. We should not forget that our jawans sacrifice their lives for us,” she has added.
Agar sach ki awaaz uthaane par aapke saath ye sab hota hai, to insaaniyat to reh hi nhi gyi: Jhanvi Behal pic.twitter.com/2h6hEcqUyT
— ANI (@ANI_news) March 11, 2016
Kanhaiya had responded to her challenge, had wished Jhanvi good luck in life, said she should debate with US presidential candidates instead.
The high-spirited teenager had also filed a writ with the Punjab and Harayana High Court seeking a ban on circulation of pornographic materials on social media. She had also taken the matter of road blockage of various organizations to court.
Meanwhile, JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who is facing sedition charge, was allegedly attacked on campus on March 10 by a youth believed to be an outsider.