A female television news anchor in India never expected to read out the breaking news of her own husband’s death in car crash, but she went with the telecast anyway; putting up a brave face on camera.
IBC 24’s news anchor Supreet Kaur, 28, was reading her usual round of news in Chhattisgarh around 10 am Saturday morning. About 10 minutes into the bulletin, a field reporter broke the news about a vehicular accident that killed three people.
Although the field reporter did not give the names of the victims, he said the crash involved a Renault Duster and another truck who hit them from behind, killing three passengers and seriously injuring two others in the Mahasamund region.
Even before the bulletin was over, Kaur eventually found out that it was the same Renault her husband, Harshad Kawade, used in traveling to the region that morning and he was one of those killed.
“Even though the reporter on the ground did not give out names, the team could tell that she had found out. The production team had also just found out, but could not tell her as she was live on television,’’ an IBC 24 editor said.
Nevertheless, Kaur maintained her composure and still managed to complete the segment.
“It speaks volumes about her sense of duty and professionalism that she continued and kept her calm for another 10 minutes,’’ the editor added.
Kaur broke down eventually after the cameras went off, her co-employees recalled.
The network said Kaur had been working with them for nine years and is one of the most popular anchors in the state.
“She is an extremely brave lady. We are proud of her as an anchor, but what happened today has left us in shock. We stand with our colleague in her pain,” said the network.