RAIPUR – In a show of matchless courage, a TV anchor from central Indian state of Chhattisgarh read out breaking news of her husband’s death in car accident.
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Surpreet Kaur, a news reader at Chhattisgarh’s private IBC-24 channel, kept her composure during Saturday morning’s live news bulletin as a reporter phoned in details of a fatal accident involving a Renault Duster at Pithara in Mahasamund district earlier in the day.
As the reporter informed three of the five people travelling in the vehicle were dead, the newscaster did not identify the dead at first. However, it was enough for Kaur to instantly realise it could be her husband, who too was to travel in a Renault Duster along the same route during the same time along with four companions.
But Kaur continued to finish reading out the news. She did break down, but only after having walked out of the TV studio after the news hour, according to Hindustan Times.
Kaur, 28, has been a news anchor with IBC-24, one of Chhattisgarh’s most-viewed channels, for the past nine years. Hailing from Bhilai, she had married Harsad Kawade a year ago and the couple were residents of Raipur.
Her exemplary commitment left her shell-shocked colleagues speechless.
“She got a sense that it was her husband’s vehicle. She read the bulletin and only when she came out of the studio, she started calling her relatives,” a senior editor said.
“She is an extremely brave lady. We are proud of her as an anchor, but what happened today has left us in shock,” said one of her colleagues.