Thursday 19 October 2017

Protesters take to streets over gun murder of Indian journalist

People hold placards and candles during a vigil for Gauri Lankesh, a senior Indian journalist who according to police was shot dead outside her home. Photo: REUTERS
People hold placards and candles during a vigil for Gauri Lankesh, a senior Indian journalist who according to police was shot dead outside her home. Photo: REUTERS

Nirmala George

The killing of an Indian journalist provoked outrage across the country yesterday, with thousands protesting over what they saw as an effort to silence a critic of India's ruling Hindu nationalist party.

Gauri Lankesh was shot outside her Bangalore home on Tuesday, but many said they feared the perpetrators of the attack would escape justice.

Rallies erupted across India as protesters demanded the government do more to protect free speech. In Bangalore, thousands gathered for a public vigil and viewing of Ms Lankesh's body.

Ms Lankesh (55) edited the independent magazine 'Lankesh Patrike'. In November, she was found guilty of defaming politicians from the governing Bharatiya Janata Party in a 2008 story. She said the case was politically motivated and vowed to challenge her conviction.

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