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Outlook Magazine Calls IAS Officer Smita Sabharwal ‘Eye Candy’. Receives Legal Notice.

  • JWB Post
  •  July 2, 2015

Smita Sabharwal, one of the youngest IAS officers to have cracked the tough civil services exam in 2001, is in news after the Outlook magazine published a sexist article describing Smita as an ‘eye candy’.

What more, they even put a blatantly shameful cartoon to portray her.

It shows Smita walking the ramp in jeans and a revealing top, while Telangana Chief Minister KCR was depicted holding a video camera enjoying the catwalk. She works as a close aide of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. However, Outlook was quick to remove the illustration from its website.

The magazine has further used terms like ‘No Boring Babu’, “a fas­h­ion sta­tement with her lovely saris and serves as eye candy at meetings” – to depict Smita’s image.

Smita, 38, has sent a legal notice to the magazine calling it – distasteful, cheap and titillating. She has even asked a detailed apology from it. The magazine has been given a 15-day period to act, failing to which Smita has threatened to file a criminal and civil suit.

Social media is praising Smita for this brave action:

Last night Smita did an exclusive interview with NDTV’s Barkha Dutt saying:

“I want Outlook to apologise to women across the country, this is an insult to women in general. It is a matter of professional pride. I have spent 14 long years in service. The write up hurt very badly. It made me think if they can do this to a bureaucrat, who is doing a serious job, possibly women across will be subjected to this sort of yellow journalism… and we must step up and put an end to it. I have worked as a figure of authority in districts and have never been treated like this.”

About the support that she is getting, she said: “I was really touched to see for every one pervert, there are lakhs of people out there who have a sense of how to view a woman.”

Her advice to working women: “Don’t let a few perverts demotivate us. We deserve better.”

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