In the wake of cold blooded murder of noted senior journalist Gauri Lankesh, social media is replete with emotions and anguish. Also, civil society organisations across the nation demand immediate arrest of the killers. Below is the statement by ANHAD (Act Now for Harmony and Democracy)
Arrest the killers of Gauri Lankesh
New Delhi, 5th Sept. 2017: ANHAD is deeply anguished at the assassination of Gauri Lankesh, noted journalist and intrepid activist. We condemn in the strongest terms possible this act of cowardice by her killers who wish to spread fear and suppress dissent. ANHAD will not let this shock dampen our intent to fight the forces that she took on.
It is well-known that Gauri Lankesh had consistently opposed right-wing forces, despite the threats and court cases she had to face. As the editor of ‘Lankesh Patrike’, a Kannada weekly, she had continued to raise her voice against communalism and casteism.
As a leading voice against majoritarian and undemocratic politics and one that fearlessly stood for the freedom of expression in India, her passing away is a severe shock for those dedicated to a secular and just India. Her death is yet another reminder of how grim the situation is and the urgent need for peaceful resistance.
We demand immediate arrest of those behind the assassination.
Amrita Nandy, Ovais Sultan Khan
ANHAD (Act Now for Harmony and Democracy)
C5, Basement, Nizamuddin West, Delhi – 110013