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India’s News Coverage of Bollywood Star’s Death Sparks Anger

Twitter users have expressed outrage over India’s TV news graphics of Sridevi Kapoor in bathrooms in their coverage of her death.

Dubai post-mortem report said the Bollywood superstar, known simply as Sridevi, died of accidental drowning in a hotel bath.

Some news programmes in India began screening images of the actress in bathtubs and bathrooms to visualise her last moments.

This led to a backlash on social media, with people expressing their anger by taking photos of the TV reports they found most shocking.

Indian journalist Karnika Kohli posted pictures she felt were in bad taste, including this from Hindi channel Aaj Tak TV, where the text on the bathtub reads ‘The Bathtub of Death’.

Other Twitter users who were critical of the coverage included actor and comedian Vir Das, who called Indian news channels “parasites” in a tweet liked nearly 4,000 times and urging them to “show a little tact”.

Some news outlets were encouraging social media users to speculate on the cause of Sridevi’s death using the hashtag #SredeviDeathMystery.

But the hashtag was hijacked by people looking for a way to direct their anger at the news organisations’ reporting, with one user branding India’s news media “disgusting”, while another commented that “journalism has stooped to a new low”.

Social media users later established their own hashtag #NewsKiMaut – which translates as ‘The Death of News’ – to share their reactions to how Sridevi’s death has been reported.

Source : BBC