#IAmGauri protest in Pune to condemn Gauri Lankesh murder
The protest took place at 4 PM opposite SP College on Tilak Road.Updated: Sep 06, 2017 23:29 IST
Scores of journalists, authors and activists from across the city gathered near the Sir Parshurambhau College near Tilak road to condemn and protest against the murder of senior journalist and critic of the right wing ideology, Gauri Lankesh.
Lankesh was shot thrice outside her residence in Bengaluru on Tuesday night as she was returning home. The protesters who gathered to condemn the killing included Advocate Vaishali Chandane, Marathi author Anwar Rajan, Alka Joshi of Lokayat, Pune Union of Working Journalist (PUWJ) members Shailesh Kale and Varsha Pawar along with members of All India Student Association (AISA), rational thinkers, authors and social activists from the city.
“We have gathered to express our frustration and condemnation over Lankesh’s death. In a historical city like Pune, I wonder how many times do we have to gather for similar reasons. We have earlier condemned the murders of Narendra Dabholkar, Comrade Pansare and Kalburgi,” said a senior journalist who was present at the protest.
Banners and pamphlets of ‘I’m Gauri Lankesh’ and ‘Justice for Gauri Lankesh’ were displayed by the protesters. Angry slogans were raised against the central and state governments during the protest.
“We are here to condemn the brutal murder of Bengaluru-based journalist Gauri Lankesh. She was a strong critic of right-wing forces. This is not the first case which has happened in the recent past. Last year alone, 40 journalists were killed in India,” said Abhilasha, an AISA member and a student of Savitribai Phule Pune University.
The protest also saw the presence of members of the Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti established by slain rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar.