And in India, prominent journalist and human rights activist Gauri Lankesh was assassinated on her doorstep in Bangalore Tuesday. She was an outspoken critic of right-wing Hindu nationalism and the caste system. Last year, she was convicted in a defamation case brought by lawmakers from Prime Minister Modi’s ruling BJP party over her 2008 investigation into the politicians’ criminal ties. The Editors Guild of India called her murder “a brutal assault on the freedom of the press.” On Tuesday, protesters took to the streets across India to denounce her assassination, including in Mumbai, Delhi and outside Lankesh’s home. Nearly 20 more protests are planned for today. This is her brother, Indrajit Lankesh.
Indrajit Lankesh: “As a brother, I’m asking. As a journalist, I’m asking. As a filmmaker, I’m asking. It is not just my sister’s murder. It is a journalist’s murder. It is an activist’s murder. More than that, it is a woman’s murder. As a brother, I want justice for my sister. Now I’ve lost my sister. And she was giving everything for the field of journalism, for activism, for secularism, for social justice. Now we have lost her. At least find the culprits. Please, I request.”