Smita Sabharwal

An Indian bureaucrat is suing one of the country’s leading news magazines after it described her as “eye candy”.

Outlook magazine also carried an illustration showing Smita Sabharwal walking the ramp at a fashion show with her political bosses leering at her.

Ms Sabharwal, who works in the office of the chief minister of southern Telangana state, told BBC Hindi the remark was “sexist” and “demoralising”.

The magazine told the BBC they were yet to receive any legal notice from her.

“She makes a fashion statement with her lovely saris and serves as ‘eye candy’ at meetings,” the magazine had reported in a recent post, without naming her. It added that her portfolio “is a mystery” and what “she exactly does is a puzzle”.