IAS Officer Smitha Sabharwal Sends Legal Notice to Outlook Over Sexist Article


Chief Minister Office (CMO) of Telangana issued an legal notice to renowned magazine of India, Outlook magazine for publishing a disparaging and derogatory report on honourable IAS officer and the designated as the additional secretary of Chief Minister of Telangana KCR, Smita Sabharwal. Lawyer of Telangana state cadre bureaucrat Smita Sabharwal, Rachna Reddy, sent a legal notice to Outlook’s editor-in-chief Krishna Prasad and Hyderabad-based assistant editor Madhavi Tata.


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T-IAS Officer and Addl. Sec. of CM KCR, Smita Sabharwal Sends Legal Notice to Outlook Magazine

Legal notice sent by Telangana Chief Minister KCR additional secretary Smita Sabharwal sent legal notice to the Outlook magazine through her lawyer Rachna Reddy for publishing the sexiest and most aphrodisiac comments, reports in their recent monthly magazine edition. Close sources and the legal notice issued to the Outlook magazine has stated that IAS officer Smita Sabharwal was “utterly flabbergasted, shell-shocked, angry and extremely disturbed by the article.”

The five-page legal notice stated that “Smita Sabharwal’s hard work, dedication and her excellence at her chosen profession are washed away by the mere fact of her being an attractive, young and successful woman who has also accomplished quite a lot professionally, owing to her dedication and perseverance.” Additional Secretary to the Chief Minister of Telangana state KCR, Smita Sabharwal, threatened Outlook magazine to file a criminal case if the Outlook failed to respond to the legal notice in 15 days which is sent by them. Smita Sabharwal has been in news after being nominated and designated as the first female IAS officer to be deputed to the Chief Minister’s Office.

The bureaucrat of Telangana state cadre Smita Sabharwal said I want Outlook to apologise to women across the country, this is an insult to women in general” while speaking to a media channel on Outlook magazine row. Smita Sabharwal further added “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.”

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Outlook report was published with reference to her attendance at a fashion show in Hyderabad along with her husband on her birthday. Outlook magazine described senior IAS officer Smita Sabharwal as “eye candy” basing her close association with Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandra Shekar Rao. When asked to comment on the controversy, Outlook responded as “We didn’t name her.” Smita Sabharwal said “I have worked as a figure of authority in districts and have never been treated like this, she feels deeply moved by the support expressed for her on social media. I was really touched to see for everyone pervert, there are lakhs of people out there who have a sense of how to view a woman.”

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A large section of the netizens across the state and the nation have expressed their solidarity to the IAS Officer Smita Sabharwal and knocked Outlook magazine published malicious gossip over officers personal and professional life. Media of Telangana state and nation stood by the side of bureaucrat Smita Sabharwal expressing their support through Twitter tweets. Sunitha Krishnan tweeted on Twitter as “Shame on outlook to write such a sexist piece. This lady officer is one of the most upright, capable officers.”

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“Shocked to read an extremely sexist & offensive piece abt a lady IAS officer in the latest edition of @Outlookindia. Not expected. Bad taste.” tweeted by TS Sudhir on Twitter. While Indira Jaisingh said that “Smita Sabharwal is an IAS officer, the first woman Additional Secretary CM Telangana to break male bastion, not as Outlook says “arm candy.”

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