Threat to Hyderabad reporter's safety: Outlook writes to Telangana DGP
news Friday, July 03, 2015 - 05:30
Outlook editor-in-chief, Krishna Prasad on Thursday wrote a letter to Telangana's Director General of Police (DGP) stressing on the safety of the news magazine's Hyderabad correspondent Madhavi Tata. This follows in the wake of the magazine and the correspondent facing heavy criticism after a 'sexist' piece on Telangana IAS officer Smita Sabharwal. In the letter written on July 2, Krishna Prasad claims that "we have been receiving a number of emails, anonymous SMSes and tweets threatening the safety of Ms Madhavi Tata" while adding that she was also subjected to sexist abuse. It all started after Outlook had published a piece titled 'No boring Babu' in its 'Deep Throat' column in an earlier edition. The piece spoke about how a woman bureaucrat in the Telangana CM's office is present at every meeting making a "fashion statement with her lovely saris and serves as 'eye candy' at meetings." Despite not mentioning any names, the article was believed to be aimed at Smita Sabharwal, Additional secretary to the Telangana chief minister's office, the only woman officer in the CM's office, who then served the magazine a legal notice. Read - IAS officer Smita Sabharwal tells TNM Outlook piece is "yellow journalism" against working women Outlook later responded to the allegations by replacing the old article on its website with 'Outlook - Regret,' and saying that the report had not cited any names or specifics. The piece "was not intended to be derisive or derogatory, and was meant to be received in a lighter vein," it said. Read - Unapologetic Outlook offers regret, defends Smita Sabharwal snippet as 'satirical' The letter also requests the DGP to look into the matter most urgently and "take every step necessary to ensure the safety of the reporter."