National Council of Churches condemns the brutal murder of a senior gusty, outspoken journalist, editor and activist Ms Gauri Lankesh. Ms Gauri Lankesh was very critical about the fascist ideologies, fascist forces in our country and right wing. Lankesh, with dauntless courage, even challenged political leaders and corruption. She was also a theatre person and a film maker, an artist who used her talent to expose truth and injustice.
Gauri was known for advocating freedom of the press. She worked as an editor in Lankesh Patrike and and ran her own weekly called Gauri Lankesh Patrike
Ms Lankesh was openly critical of the caste system. In 2015, some Brahmins accused her of criticizing the novelist S.L.Bhyrappa and Brahminism during the 81st Kannada Sahitya Sammelana (Kannada literary conference) held at Shravanabelagola. On 19 February 2015, protesters from the Hassan Zilla Brahmin Sabha (“Hassan district Brahmin Association”) organised a rally against her, urging the police to register a First Information Report against her.
According to Ms Lankesh “My Constitution teaches me to be a secular citizen, not communal. It is my right to fight against these communal elements. I oppose the caste system of the ‘Hindu Dharma’, which is unfair, unjust and gender-biased.”
The defamation cases filed against her did not deter her fearless spirit or stop her from speaking out against corruption , fascism and different forms of violence.