Outlook Magazine Calls IAS Officer Smita Sabharwal ‘Eye Candy’. Receives Legal Notice.
- IWB 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.
— Source (@bwoyblunder) June 30, 2015
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:
Well done, Smita Sabharwal! Outlook piece is in extremely cheap & poor taste. Highly derogatory. https://t.co/WhTy2W8n8C
— Amitabh Kant (@amitabhk87) July 1, 2015
‘Women are still being objectified, however much we think we’ve moved on’ IAS Smita Sabharwal to @BDUTT ‘Want an apology from Outlook’
— Gargi Rawat (@GargiRawat) July 1, 2015
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.”