Rallies many, but not for us: Gauri Lankesh kin

AMR Ramesh

Late Gauri Lankesh has been awarded the Annual Anna Politkovskaya award for her contribution to society in bringing equality.

"This award is a morale booster for people who want to write, and fight.It honours what Gauri stood for - that you can not silence me", Lankesh's sister, Kavitha, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The award is conferred by London-based organisation RAW in WAR (Reach All Women in War), and the announcement about Lankesh winning it was made to the media in Bengaluru by her mother Indira, brother Indrajit and sister Kavitha Lankesh.

Gauri Lankesh shares this year's award with Pakistani activist Gulalai Ismail who, the nominations committee for the award said, is fighting against Islamic extremism in her country.

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The family said they are in touch with senior officers of the special investigation team formed to probe the murder.

Gauri Lankesh was killed on September 5 when motorcycle-borne assailants sprayed bullets on her with two hitting her in the chest and one on the forehead.

The Anna Politkovskaya Award was established to remember and honor journalist Anna Politkovskaya who was murdered in Moscow.

"A lot of questions will be answered (by knowing the motive) - whether it is M.M. Kalburgi's, Narendra Dhabolkar's or Govind Pansare's murders, through Gauri's murderers", he added.

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Box: Movie ok but only after probe Kavitha, a filmmaker herself, said they didn't believe in using Gauri's name as a marketing tool.

"While I receive this award, India and Pakistan complete 70 years of their separation, and you are reminding the world again that even today we have similar hopes, aspirations and struggles", Gulalai said as she completed her acceptance speech.

On October 3, Karnataka minister Ramalinga Reddy claimed the SIT had identified the killers. I can not share details with public or press at this juncture. "But we don't want it now, when the family is still mourning", she said.

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