Outlook Magazine Express Only Regrets, no Apologies to Smitha Sabharwal, Responding three days after the publication of snippet, Outlook said it “was not intended to be derisive or derogatory, and was meant to be received in a lighter vein.” The magazine was cautious not to use ‘apology’. It chose to merely express regrets.
Though Outlook did not name Smitha in its writeup, it was clear that it was referring to Smitha Sabharwal as she is the only female IAS officer in Telangana CM’s office.
Both Smitha and the T government filed cases against Outlook. Smitha Sabharwal demanded a public apology from Outlook, which said it did not receive any legal notice so far.
Here is what Outlook said in its ‘clarification.’
A satirical snippet titled “No Boring Babu” published in the ‘Deep Throat’ column has attracted plenty of attention and criticism since its publication in the July 6, 2015 issue of Outlook.
Even though it did not cite names or specifics, newspapers, TV news channels and websites have carried news of a legal notice purportedly issued by a bureaucrat in Telangana, although Outlook is still to receive it 36 hours since the media blitz was launched.
On social media, the magazine’s correspondent in Hyderabad has been subjected to vile and personal attacks, and her physical safety has been threatened.
Outlook wishes to clarify that the said piece was part of satire carried in the magazine in the usual course, was not intended to be derisive or derogatory, and was meant to be received in a lighter vein.
That said, being conscious of sensitivities, Outlook has taken down the satirical piece entirely.
Outlook expresses regret if any offence has been taken.
Objective readers would consider Outlook’s established record of preserving, promoting and projecting human rights, women’s rights, minority rights, and free speech since its inception 20 years ago
Source: Sakshi Post