Veteran journalist Gauri Lankesh was brutally murdered on the evening of September 5 when unidentified assailants fired shots at her from a close range. The writer, activist and editor of Kannada weekly Lankesh Patrike lost her life after the cold-blooded incident, which is being seen as a serious threat to the freedom of the press. Feisty and fearless, Lankesh was known for her bold and outspoken views — right from communalism to Hindutva politics.
While the ill-fated episode sent shock waves across the nation, some Twitter users wrote derogatory words for her even after her death. Recently, thousands gathered in Bengaluru to protest against the dastardly act. Flashing placards, a sea of protesters gathered to raise their voice on the streets of the city and held posters that read, “We are all Gauri.” Reportedly, the rally began at Bengaluru railway station and ended at the Central College grounds.
Videos and pictures from the rally have been doing the rounds of the Internet. “
#IAmGauri Commemorative edition of Gauri Lankesh Patrike released at bangalore resistance event Her mother says ‘you are all gauri’,” one user posted, while another tweeted, “As a citizen of a democratic country, I would prefer dying rather than letting these perverts supress my voice. #IAmGauri .”
“Assassination has never changed the history of the world. Gandhi statues are all over the world & Godse stays in dark ashes only.
#IAmGauri,” a Twitter wrote. A lot of people wore a black band as a mark of protest.
Check out some tweets here.
I am the rationalist.
I am not bhakt.
I am independent.
I live in a democratic country.
I am a free thinker.#IAmGauri
— Shubham Verma (@stud_shubh) September 12, 2017
— Gyanita Sinha (@Gyanita14) September 12, 2017
— Nischith N (@Nischith_N) September 12, 2017
— Yeh Log ! (@yehlog) September 12, 2017
— ramesh alekar (@RameshAlekar) September 12, 2017
— Dr. Sania 🇮🇳 (@DrSaniaMaan) September 6, 2017
— Rohini Mohan (@rohini_mohan) September 12, 2017
— Satish Acharya (@satishacharya) September 12, 2017
— Anusha Ravi (@anusharavi10) September 12, 2017
— Salman Nizami (@SalmanNizami_) September 12, 2017
— Sourabh Jain 🇮🇳 (@SourabhJainIET) September 12, 2017
For free thinking. For calling spade a spade. #IAmGauri
— Osumeeeera (@awesum1715) September 12, 2017
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