Gauri Lankesh (29 January 1962 – 5 September 2017) was a convicted (by Indian court) Indian columnist turned activist from Bangalore, Karnataka. She filled in as a Editor in Lankesh Patrike, a Kannada week after week began by her father P. Lankesh, and ran her own week by week called Gauri Lankesh Patrike. She was shot to death by attackers outside her home in Rajarajeshwari Nagar on 5 September 2017. At the time of her demise, Gauri was known for being a critic of conservative Hindu Right Wing. She was regarded with Anna Politkovskaya Award for criticizing Hindu right – wing radicalism, lobbying for ladies’ privileges, rights and contradicting caste based biases and discrimination.
“If you fear for your life, this is not your profession.” Despite threats, award-winning journalist @RanaAyyub reports on the rise of Hindu nationalism in India & in Kashmir. Rana will be honored at MPAC’s virtual event on #101020, RSVP for free https://t.co/DDMyDvBR9y pic.twitter.com/0pHcjW4irg
— MPAC (@mpac_national) September 5, 2020
Three years after she was shot dead and almost a long time since the charge sheet was documented in the murder case, the charges are yet to be surrounded and the preliminary is yet to start. Gauri Lankesh was shot dead outside her home in Bengaluru’s Rajarajeshwari Nagar on September 5, 2017. Consequently, throughout one year, the Special Investigation group captured 18 people regarding the brutal murder.
Gauri Lankesh was born in a Kannada Lingayat family on 29 January 1962. Her dad is the artist columnist P. Lankesh, who set up the Kannada-language week by week newspaper Lankesh Patrike. She had two kin, Kavitha and Indrajit.
When I found out that #GauriLankesh was murdered, I felt like a truck had hit me. I did not know Gauri Lankesh. I had met her briefly in the company of a friend, who introduced her as the patron saint of the young and the rebellious. pic.twitter.com/nOVi7Fhu1W
— Suchitra Vijayan (@suchitrav) September 5, 2020
Gauri began her vocation as a columnist with The Times of India in Bangalore. Afterward, she moved to Delhi with her better half, Chidanand Rajghatta. Not long after, she came back to Bangalore, where she functioned as a reporter for the Sunday magazine for a long time. At the hour of her dad’s demise in 2000, she was working for Eenadu’s Telugu TV station in Delhi. At this point, she had gone through 16 years of her life as a writer.
At the point when their dad P. Lankesh passed on, Gauri and her sibling Indrajit visited Mani, the distributor of Lankesh Patrike, and revealed to him that they needed to stop the distribution. Mani persuaded them against the thought. Gauri at that point turned into the proofreader of Lankesh Patrike, while her sibling Indrajit dealt with the distribution’s business issues.
Death and Reactions
On 5 September 2017, three unidentified men shot Gauri to death at her home in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bangalore. The men fired seven bullets at her at around 8 p.m. while she was opening the primary gate of her home in the wake of coming back from her office. One of the men, who was hanging tight for her close to her home, discharged the primary shots at her, while the two others, who are suspected to have followed her from her office, joined the underlying shooter from that point. The executioners were wearing caps and got away on a scooter after murdering her. Three of the bullets pierced Gauri’s head, neck, and chest, resulting in her death at the scene.
‘Death threats have become a common factor,’ journalist Gauri Lankesh said. She was shot dead on September 5, 2017https://t.co/WYJ3bmIDrC
— scroll.in (@scroll_in) September 5, 2020
During their examination, the police got CCTV film from her house and the course driving from Basavanagudi to her home. The city was kept on high caution the day after her demise, with police being sent at cost doors in Nelamangala, Hosur Road and NICE Road looking for the executioners. Vehicles entering or leaving the city went through tough checks, while police in the neighboring conditions of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu were additionally cautioned. On 8 September, the Karnataka government reported an award of ₹10 lakh for giving data about the executioners.
In 2018, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) testing the homicide case confined two suspects, whom they likewise associated with being engaged with the killings of Dabholkar and Kalburgi. In June 2018, the SIT expressed that Parashuram Waghmore had admitted to the homicide: he guaranteed that he was advised to murder somebody to spare his religion, and that he didn’t have a clue who the casualty was. In September 2018, Maharashtra ATS confined 2 speculates identified with her homicide and furthermore recouped the store of arms from them.
The primary advancement came distinctly in March 2018, with the capture of K.T. Naveen Kumar, a 37-year-old individual from the Hindu Yuva Sena. The advancement came about seven months after Lankesh was killed by two men who showed up at her living arrangement and terminated her multiple times. Different captures followed. The chargesheets incorporate Parashuram Waghmare, driving forces Amol Kale, Sujith Kumar nom de plume Praveen and Amit Digwekar as prime deniers. In spite of the fact that the Sanatan Sanstha is accepted to have been engaged with the killings of numerous realists, an immediate association was built up without precedent for Lankesh’s case.
— Suchitra Vijayan (@suchitrav) September 5, 2020
The men are held up in Mysuru, Bengaluru, Bellary and Belagavi prisons. Amol Kale in the Mysuru Court. The safeguard is continually mentioning additional time and appealing for intermission. They have been documenting negligible applications. The two Sessions and High Courts have denied bail applications. At that point they record one bail application each for every one of the charges and when those are dismissed, they file for appeal.
A March 2019 New York Times article on Gauri Lankesh incorporates a conversation of the police examination and murder allegations.
Lankesh’s murder was compared to the killings of three different realists, that started with Narendra Dabholkar, originator of the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS, or Maharashtra Eradication of Superstition Committee) on August 20, 2013 in Pune, while he was out on his morning walk. After Dabholkar, senior Communist Party of India (CPI) pioneer Govind Pansare was killed on February 16, 2015 in Kolhapur, Maharashtra and Kalburgi on August 30, 2015 in Dharwad, Karnataka.
We remember Gauri Lankesh on the third anniversary of her murder by right wing forces. Her fight will be carried on. pic.twitter.com/26osZ4Qucb
— DYFI DELHI (@DyfiDelhi) September 5, 2020
A celebrity’s suicide or maybe murder mystery might be the topic of hot debate at the moment but the intelligent media should have been diligent enough to show what is happening in a real murder case still awaiting “justice”.