Mangalore, Aug 20: Mangalore City Police on a complaint from right wing activist Deepak have registered a case against writer Gowri Lankesh for promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony. They have also charged KL Ashok, general secretary of Karnataka Komu Soudharda Vedike for abetting the said act.
Gowri Lankesh addressing a protest rally outside the office of deputy commissioner of August 4 to condemn the attack on young party revelers at Morning Mist Home Stay had used certain words and phrases, which according to the complainant were aimed at promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion. The complainant has also submitted a video clipping of her speech in defence of his arguments.
Gowri Lankesh told that she was expecting such a course of action from her detractors and would not take it lying down. All that I maintained at the public meeting was to reaffirm my faith in the Indian Constitution, she said, adding that if a person swearing allegiance to the Indian Constitution is anti-Constitutional, then it is the most ridiculous thing that she has ever seen. “Constitution is my dharma,” Gowri added.
Stating that this is the first such case slapped against her, apart from the several cases that she has faced as a journalist for her no-holds barred style of writing, Gowri said she would fight it out legally. Ashok on the other hand said this is the 14 thcase to be registered against for his outspokenness on views against the Saffron outfits and their activities in the state. The case has been registered in Mangalore South (Pandeshwar) Police Station.