Everyone looked scared, but the women journalists seemed, unsurprisingly, the most shaken, thinking about how they would continue their careers in the media. Most of their families wanted them to leave their jobs. Their sense of loss was deepened by the fact that Uma had been such a campaigning, courageous reporer.
A local of Dhanusa, an active journalist and the chairman of the Journalists Umbrella Organization, Dharmendra Jha was doing his best to lift the spirits of the local journalists. Asking them not to be too affected by her murder, he said, "We will make the government hunt down the murderers of Uma. We must continue our work without fear."
I had met Uma at a discussion program about violence against women in Lahan. At that time, Uma had warned a friend and me to stay safe as people were attacked there for no reason other than for being in the public realm. It makes me wonder: was Uma's murder purely an attention seeking ploy?