The U.S. Congress today expressed concerns over the recent atrocities unraveling in India targeting progressive writers.
Teh Gauri Lankesh, the slain Kannada writer, and Kancha Illay, who is facing death threat from Hindu extremists were mentioned at the Congress.
Condemning these attacks, a Congressman underscored that how precious and often taken for granted the freedom of expression was.
Harold Trent Franks, a Republican representing Arizona’s 8th congressional district, added that individual freedom of speech is frequently infringed. “A posted critique or just sharing one’s views freely on the Internet can be punishable, even by death,” he said.