On Tuesday, thousands gathered in Bengaluru for a protest rally in her name. Writers, students, activists, concerned citizens marched from the city railway station to the Central College grounds. They were joined by activists from around the country, including Medha Patkar of the Narmada Bachao Andolan.
"Killing of individuals and mob lynching, both have really told us that whoever speaks out with strength, commitment and courage can't be spared by them because they feel scared by us," Ms Patkar told media persons at the Central College grounds.
"When I heard the news I was numb I didn't know how to react, didn't know how to say anything. This can happen to anybody else. So it is very important that we have to respond and express our feelings," artist Balan Nambiar told NDTV.
There have been no arrests in the case so far, as the Special Investigative Team focuses on grainy CCTV footage and examines possible links to the killing of Prof MM Kalburgi in a similar manner just over two years ago. Even that earlier case remains unsolved.
At the protests was another writer, KS Bhagwan who knows what it is like to be threatened. He has been provided protection by the state. "Of course security is given by Karnataka government on its own for which we are very thankful to them. It started the very next day of the assassination of Dr Kalburgi. In fact I was taken aback when I saw police near my door...," he told NDTV. In addition to Mr Bhagwan, other people considered to be possible targets of violence have now been provided security since the murder of Gauri.