Gautam Gambhir    Getty Images
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Gautam Gambhir on Wednesday joined the ongoing episode in Delhi involving Gurmehar Kaur, saying that the freedom of expression is absolute and equal for all. It must be remembered that his former teammate and Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag was caught in the firing line after he tried creating some humour around it. Sehwag had to clarify his tweet, which, to many, looked like a sarcastic comment on Gurmehar s video that had earlier gone viral. Gambhir also used the social media platform Twitter to let his thoughts public, after Gurmehar faced criticism which said Pakistan did not kill my dad, war killed him .

Gambhir posted a video tweet in which he said, I have the utmost respect for the Indian army. Their service to the nation and us all is unmatched. However recent events have left me disappointed. We live in a free country where everyone is entitled to their opinion. If a daughter who lost her father puts up posts about the horrors of war with the intention of achieving peace, she has all the right to. It is not an opportunity for everyone to show how patriotic they are and gang up on her to mock her. She is entitled to her opinion just as every other citizen is.

“Everyone may or may not agree with it but mocking her for it is despicable,” Gambhir added.

Earlier on Wednesday, Sehwag too conveyed the same message via a series of tweets. Sehwag first had to clarify his stand on the issue, which he did on Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, Sehwag 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.

Sehwag added, She has a right to express her views and anyone who threatens her with violence or rape is the lowest form of life. Everyone has a right to express their views without being bullied or threatened. Gurmehar Kaur or the Phogat sisters.