Bhairavi Singh, a correspondent with NDTV was seemingly heckled by members of the crowd who attended the March for India rally organized by Anupam Kher on Saturday. The reporter has accused the participants in the march of abusing her and physically pushing her while she was reporting.
Here are her tweets –
The police had to rescue an NDTV reporter and crew today after people protesting against those returning awards over "rising intolerance", surrounded and heckled them during a march led by actor Anupam Kher and director Madhur Bhandarkar.
Angry protesters surrounded NDTV's Bhairavi Singh, who was reporting on the march to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, and verbally abused her. The reporter and her crew were also pushed around and slogans were raised before a police team managed to intervene and escort her to safety.
Protesters accused the media of politically motivated and biased reporting, alleging that they had encouraged the swirling national debate on intolerance after dozens of public intellectuals gave up their honours criticising the Central government.
A video was also tweeted out by AAP member Ankit Lal, in which the visibly upset NDTV reporter is seen being protected by police personnel, other members of the crowd and other journalists. At least two men can be spotted heckling her.
Meanwhile, Aditya Raj Kaul of Times Now tweeted saying a journalist present at the venue asked ‘unethical’ questions to the members of the protest.
There was speculation that such questions were asked by the NDTV reporter, however we do not know for sure at this stage. However, on being confronted by NDTV's Sreenivasan Jain, Aditya tweeted this.
Some hours after the story was first published, more details emerged about the woman in the photo. Giti Thadani tweeted on Saturday evening, claiming that Singh had alleged participants who turned up had been paid. Singh also responded to these allegations.
In response, Singh said
Did not ask anyone if they were paid to be there! But attacked & called a paid journalist. Seems offence is the best defence— Bhairavi Singh (@Bhairavi_NDTV) November 7, 2015
Just as I'm being asked to prove I everything... is their evidence that I said "are you paid to be here"-hate trollers will stop at nothing— Bhairavi Singh (@Bhairavi_NDTV) November 8, 2015
Actor Anupam Kher had the last word on it, recalling the incident with Rajdeep Sardesai in New York City
An online blame-game has begun among those who support the reporters and others who accused her of asking ‘wrong’ questions.
Others question her integrity,