The journalist claimed the producer misbehaved with her when a few questions were asked related to the film, and then verbally abused the woman

Guwahati: A female journalist has filed a complaint against a film producer and actor for allegedly assaulting and verbally abusing her after a press conference on January 16, police said.

The scribe, associated with a local Assamese daily, told PTI on Sunday that she was on an assignment to cover a press conference by film producer Umashankar Jha and actor Uttam Singh to announce their Hindi film ‘Seven Sisters and one brother’, on Saturday.

She claimed the producer misbehaved with her when she asked a few questions about the film, and then verbally abused the woman.

Later, she and a photo-journalist went up to the duo to question their behaviour, following which they pulled her hand and assaulted her, the woman added.

She filed a complaint at the All Womens’ Police Station here. A police officer said they started the process of interrogating the accused.

The Gauhati Press Club (GPC), in a statement, condemned the incident and urged the police to take immediate action.

GPC president Manoj Nath and general secretary Sanjoy Ray said the club would extend all help to the police in their investigation.

The Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) expressed serious concerns over the incident and demanded exemplary punishments to the verbal and physical abusers.

“It is shocking that an attending reporter can be subjected to ill-treatments in a formal press meet organized at the press club premises. All sensitive and responsible members of the press club must stand united against the offense,” said a statement issued by JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria.

Further, it requested the press club authority to cooperate with the investigating police personnel with necessary supports, including the required CCTV visuals.

(With inputs from PTI)

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