Gauri Lankesh was shot dead on Tuesday night at her residence in Raja Rajeshwari Nagar in Bangalore.
She was the veteran editor of Kannada-based tabloid, Lankesh Patrike, and was renowned for being outspoken and critical of the Hindu nationalist organization in her state. She opposed BJP’s fascist and communal politics, and was vocal against Hindutva politics and the caste system.
As per reports, at around 8 p.m., unidentified gunmen fatally wounded Gauri and escaped the scene. Police state that the assailants attacked her while she was getting out of her car to open the gate of her house.
Police have cordoned the area of the crime scene. The modus operandi is yet to be ascertained.
Gauri’s death has raised the question of freedom of speech for the press. The Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy found her friends and family raising slogans asking for justice.
Gauri had said earlier, “My criticism of Hindutva politics and the caste system make my critics brand me as a Hindu hater. It is my constitutional duty to continue the struggle towards establishing an egalitarian society.”
The Press Club believed that her critical opinions on Hindutva politics and the caste system was the main reason for her murder.
Attacking a physically defenseless yet outspoken journalist was an arbitrary move. Attacks on the freedom of press will not be tolerated, the Press Club said.
The committee to protect journalist reported, 27 journalists were killed since 1992. It was investigating another 25 murders to determine a connection to the senior journalist’s work.
The veteran journalist’s murder was akin to the murder of MM Kalburgi, an outspoken scholar and critic of religious groups. He was killed two years ago in the same state, Karnataka.