Woman journalist subjected to verbal abuse at public place

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Guwahati, July 27: A television journalist has alleged that she was subjected to verbal abuse at a public place by a motorcycle-borne youth while she was on her way to an assignment.

The city-based journalist, who works for 'Aajtak' channel, on Saturday said the incident occurred on Thursday and she has lodged a complaint in Dispur police station in this regard. “

The unfortunate incident happened to me while I was on way to attend a press conference. A motorcycle-borne youth zoomed in front of my vehicle and was about to ram into it, but my husband who was driving the car somehow stopped the car, averting a possible collision."

The youth then stopped his two-wheeler in front of the car and allegedly charged towards her in an 'aggressive way' and attempted to intimidate her with abusive words. "He infringed my modesty at a public place with foul languages and gestures," the journalist said.

The youth had even snatched the keys of the journalist's vehicle and as the situation threatened to get out of control, she called up the police for help but they allegedly arrived late. "If a lady reporter can be humiliated, abused and intimidated in daylight in the centre of the city and the police arrives late, one can well understand the fate of women moving on the streets of Guwahati," she said.

When contacted the police confirmed receipt of the complaint and said none was arrested so far. Investigation in the incident was on. The Electronic Media Forum Assam (EMFA) has expressed concern over the incident and urged authorities to take appropriate action against the guilty, who has been already identified.


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