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Justice is under attack, but no one’s noticed. Why the murder of two lawyers didn’t make the headlines

Local politicians and the police are implicated in the killing of Gattu Vamana Rao and his wife Nagamani

Justice is under attack, but no one’s noticed. Why the murder of two lawyers didn’t make the headlines

Local politicians and the police are implicated in the killing of Gattu Vamana Rao and his wife Nagamani

Justice is under attack, but no one’s noticed. Why the murder of two lawyers didn’t make the headlines

Local politicians and the police are implicated in the killing of Gattu Vamana Rao and his wife Nagamani

Justice is under attack, but no one’s noticed. Why the murder of two lawyers didn’t make the headlines

Local politicians and the police are implicated in the killing of Gattu Vamana Rao and his wife Nagamani

It’s already become another forgotten news story.

Less than a month has passed since two lawyers in Telangana were brutally murdered in the middle of the day, on 17th February, with bystanders looking on. Gattu Vamana Rao and his wife Nagamani were attacked and killed because both had been behaving professionally, as lawyers should, and refusing to tolerate corruption.

It is clear that the murder was planned, and that local politicians were involved.

This is the cost of speaking up for justice and transparency in today’s India: to be hacked to death in the street with knives and sickles.

Yet the story has already been forgotten, replaced by the next news item. It hardly even made the national papers.

It is an extreme example of how far some politicians feel they are above the law, and a shocking reminder that those who defend democracy in India – whether journalists, activists, or lawyers – put themselves in danger every day.

The real problem, however, is that no one seems to care.

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