The murder of Karnataka-based journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh on Tuesday night outside her residence in Bengaluru has upset people across the country. In Okhla too many residents expressed their shock over the development with some netizens sharing her photos with comments.
Some Okhla residents, including Pervez Alam Khan and others, also participated in a protest at Press Club of India sharing a few photos too.
In a statement issued by Abul Fazal Enclave-headquartered SIO, its president Nahas Mala, said: “The murder of Gauri once again showcased the blow on dissent in democracy. We join the kith and kin of the deceased in this painful time. Gauri worked for the betterment of the oppressed. Three hours before she was murdered, she had tweeted about Rohingya refugees.”
Nahas sought comprehensive and impartial enquiry into the murder.
Journalists, politicians and activists condemned the murder.
“The forum condemns the continued unmaking of India in which writers, artists, scholars, rationalists – and indeed any citizen who exercises her right to speak freely – is no longer safe,” said Indian Writers’ Forum in a statement.
Journalist Shekhar Gupta tweeted: “Journalism is nothing without courage. Democracy is nothing without dissent. Lankesh had plenty of both.”
Rajdeep Sardesai said: “To those who use guns to silence dissent, you are cowards. And your bullets may kill but will not deter the brave.”
This year’s World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders has placed India at 136th position, slipping three places.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said: “Anybody who speaks against the ideology of the BJP-RSS is pressured, beaten, attacked and even killed. It is very sad that a journalist against fanaticism was killed. The entire country is with her. Truth cannot be suppressed.”
Sports minister Rajyavardhan Rathore said: “Terrible news from Bengaluru about the heinous murder of Gauri Lankesh. I condemn all acts of violence against journalists.”