Senior Kannada journalist and social activist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead on Tuesday night by unidentified men at her residence, police said. She was 55.
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The activist and journalist was shot dead outside her home. As per initials reports, the police believe that seven bullets were shot out of which three hit Gauri Lankesh, killing her on the spot.
Gauri Lankesh was the known for her outspoken attitude. She would voice her opinions against communal politics and the caste system. A critic of right-wing Hindutva politics, her works were published in a number of publications.
The editor of 'Gauri Lankesh Patrike’ a weekly Kannada tabloid, Gauri Lankesh also owned a number of other publications. Her tabloid, 'Gauri Lankesh Patrike’ was known for its unique content and did not take any advertisements. It was run by a group of 50 people.
Lankesh was the daughter of famous poet-turned-journalist P Lankesh (Palyada Lankeshappa), who began Lankesh Patrike.
In November 2016, BJP MP Prahlad Joshi and Umesh Dhusi had raised objections against a piece Gauri Lankesh had written. Gauri Lankesh subsequently faced a suit of criminal defamation for which she was asked to pay a fine and was handed a six month sentence. She managed to get bail the same day.
A strong advocate of freedom of press, Gauri Lankesh said in one of her interviews that she was worried about the state of freedom of expression in the country. She also said that she was concerned about how people were being targeted for their ideology.
Active on Twitter, the journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh said, “Why do i feel that some of ‘us’ are fighting between ourselves? we all know our “biggest enemy”. can we all please concentrate on that? ”
She was also active in warning her followers on Twitter about fake posts. In one such post she wrote, "Ok some of us commit mistakes like sharing fake posts. let us warn each other then. and not try to expose each other. peace... comrades"