WEBDESK: An Indian government officer is about to sue a news magazine for calling her ‘eye candy’, BBC reported.
An Indian magazine, Outlook, carried an illustration showing Smita Sabharwal walking the ramp at a fashion show with her political bosses leering at her.
Sabharwal, 38, who is the first woman to be appointed at the cheif minister’s office called the remark of the magazine ‘sexist’.
“What disturbs me the most is the suggestion that a woman is able to rise in her career because of her beauty. It is very demoralising for the thousands of women stepping out of their homes and making their career,” Sabharwal told BBC Hindi.
“In all my 14 years of working as a civil servant, I have never been discriminated [against] or made to feel any lesser because I am a woman or good-looking. It is only now, when I have become the first woman to be appointed to a chief minister’s office that I am getting this.
“I have broken a glass ceiling, and clearly some people are not happy with it,” she added. “My work is being undermined by some jealous elements and the lazy irresponsible attitude of the magazine.
“I found that this magazine has ignored my professional track record and tries to insinuate total blatant lies and I cannot let them get away with this kind of rubbish journalism. At the same time, apart from hurting my professional pride, I also felt they insulted women in general across India, across the world and they have to be brought to book for this.”
She said she wanted the magazine the magazine to apologize to her.