India mourns the death of Gauri Lankesh

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Throughout India people are mourning the death of Gauri Lankesh, who is an activist and journalist. She is considered to be the voice of many helpless people and downtrodden sections of the society. She was brutally killed by two assassins before her house during night time.

Many journalists and politicians across India are in grief with the death of Gauri Lankesh. Politicians like Rahul Gandhi seriously condemned the fanatic right-wing factions for her death. Many believe that this was a politically motivated assassination done to avert her severe criticism on Hindu Right-Wing factions. Government of Karnataka had appointed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe in this matter and bring convicted to justice. However many hope that even this case will also meet the fate of a dead end and won’t be resolved forever. This belief is due to the past experience in the murder case of MM Kalburgi, which is not resolved to till date.

There is a high rise in the death of active journalists who question the poor on behalf of people. According to International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), nearly 122 journalists were killed last year. India ranks 8th in the table, where 5 journalists were killed. It is high time for us to realise that there was a severe crackdown on the right of “Freedom of Speech and Expression” on every Indian, which is constitutionally guaranteed. It is clear from this fact very less was done by government to address such issues, therefore Judiciary must involve and direct Central Bureau of Investigation to expedite the investigation process on Journalist killings.