India news presenter learns of husband's death on live TV

Chhattisgarh news anchor reads out her husband's death

The anchor of IBC 24 channel, which airs in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, on Friday read out a news regarding the road accident and death of three people in the morning bulletin, controlling her emotions. Yet she somehow, very bravely, kept her composure and finished the report before breaking down.

Although he didn't identify the victims by name the reporter said three of five people in the vehicle were dead. "[Kaur's husband] Harshad Kawade, a Raipur resident, was one of them".

Supreet, a news veteran who has a young daughter, has since been praised for her professionalism, with management confirming that she had worked out that she was indeed announcing her husband's death in real time. Three people were killed in the accident, while two were injured.

The 28-year-old Kaur held herself together, completed the bulletin and left the studio before allowing herself to cry.

'Even though the reporter on the ground did not give out names, the team could tell that she had found out.

She kept on reading the news for another ten minutes and broke down in tears when the camera stopped rolling, the newspaper adds. Breaking news came midway through the bulletin: a live phone-in.

"Salute Supreet s strength in dealing with her husband s demise with extraordinary bravery & professionalism", tweeted the state chief minister Raman Singh. "She became apprehensive as she is from Bhilai and knew her husband's schedule", her colleague in the regional TV channel told the New Indian Express. Reports suggest the crew also realised that her husband was involved in the accident, but they could not pass on the information because the show was being recorded live.

She has been a news anchor with IBC-24, one of Chhattisgarh's most-viewed channels, for the past nine years.

Another colleague told the Hindustan Times: 'She is an extremely fearless lady. The act left her colleagues in shock.

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