Indian Ambassador To UAE Says 'Let's Be Responsible' About Speculation On Sridevi's Death

Indian Ambassador To UAE Says 'Let's Be Responsible' About Speculation On Sridevi's Death

Bollywood actress Sridevi's death came as a punch in the gut for all of us, around the country. Her sudden demise was so heartbreaking, that the possibility of it being a hoax was more believable than the news of the actress being no more. 

According to a report by IANS, a day after the media reported that she had died following a cardiac arrest on Saturday night, a Dubai Police forensic report stated that the 54-year-old actress had passed away due to accidental drowning in the bathtub in her hotel room.

The untimely death of the legendary actress left the country in utter shock. The President, Prime Minister, Sridevi's loyal fans, her friends, colleagues from the industry, and several others took to Twitter to express their disbelief and passed on their prayers and condolences to her family. 

The official cause of death was not immediately declared by the officials handling the procedures, but that didn't stop the Indian media from going on a wild goose chase, speculating the cause themselves and broadcasting it from as many news channels as possible.

The lack of sensitivity while dealing with the actress's death showed the awful TRP-driven mentality of TV journalism, and the resulting news coverage was distasteful, to put it mildly.

From flashing headlines such as 'Maut ka bathtub', to news channels literally reporting the death from an actual bathroom, it was a sad day for Indian journalism, especially when it came to the utter lack of respect for the actress' demise and the painful ordeal that her family is going through.

Navdeep Suri, the Indian Ambassador to the UAE, took to Twitter to speak about the frenzy of speculation spread by the media, and requested that they treat the reporting with utmost responsibility.

It is our pride and responsibility as the fourth estate to recognise the kind of power and influence we yield on society, and treating something as grievous as a person's death like it's some kind of show pony in a circus is despicable. Media is power, and power needs to be treated with care. It's about damn time that we realise the same. 

Feature image: Deccan Chronicle