5 Facts You Must Know About Gauri Lankesh – The Senior Journalist Who was Shot Dead in Bangalore!

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The murder of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh by 4 unknown men have shocked the entire nation. The incident is highly disturbing as gun was used as a medium to silence the dissent, to browbeat the critic. While, a pen is mightier than the sword, in this unfortunate episode, a gun turned out to be mightier than a pen.

While the investigation is on, here we share few facts about Gauri Lankesh:

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She Was a staunch detractor of Hindutva politics

Daughter of renowned poet-turned-journalist P Lankesh, 55-year-old Gauri was the editor of the Lankesh Patrike, a weekly Kannada magazine that her father had started in 1980. A gutsy journalist she was quite known for her criticism towards the Hindutva politics and wanted to crush the fascists.

A Defamation Case Was Filed Against Her & She was convicted in November 2016

In November 2016, a JMFC Court in Hubbali convicted Lankesh in a defamation case. She was then sentenced to 6 months in jail and was asked to pay Rs. 10,000 as fine. However, the court also granted her bail and gave her the permission to appeal to a higher court. The defamation case was filed by BJP leader Umesh Dushi and MP Prahlad Joshi individually, in objection to a report published by Lankesh in January 2008.

In March 2017, She Talked about Threats

Talking to IndiaToday, Lankesh did mention that she was threatened. Check out the video –

She Was Known For Her Outspoken Attitude

Lankesh, throughout her career, often voiced her views on several topics including caste system and communal politics. She was renowned for her outspoken attitude. In an interaction with The NewsLaundry, she had even raised her concerns about the state of freedom of expression in the country and had mentioned how people are targeted because of a different ideology.

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Image via Shehla Rashid

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Recently, She Had Raised Issue of Fake News

Some of her last twitter status few hours before her voice was gun down forever –

Meanwhile, Gauri’s brother Indrajit Lankesh wants a CBI probe into the matter.

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