NEW DELHI: The Citizen follows the rules of traditional journalism and does not intervene in the personal lives of celebrities. However, we took an editorial decision to share this Facebook post by Television anchor Amrita Rai who recently married Congress leader Digvijay Singh as it feeds into the issues of privacy, and reflects the courage and dignity with which she handled trolls and ugly media spotlights.

Amrita’s post is also an effective critique of the moral police that have intruded into her private space. Singh had come under attack from the right wing in what the BJP had tried to project as a ‘coup’ by leaking photographs of him with Amrita. He was compelled to share details of his personal life at the time to fob off the ugly attack.

Amrita, a professional, bore the brunt of the subsequent attack on her. Her FB post reads:

“I would like to share with my friends that I and Digvijaya Singh have married in a solemn ceremony, as per the Hindu rites. We have also later registered our marriage.

On this occasion, I would like to thank all those who have stood by me through all the difficult times that I faced recently. Last one and a half years have been particularly stressful and traumatic. I was the victim of a cyber crime, but was treated as a criminal. I was trolled and abused in most derogatory language for no fault of mine. Those who themselves have no concept or belief in love and dignity tried to shame me on social media. But all during this period, I kept a dignified silence and went on with my work, believing in myself and my love for DIgvijaya.

I know, question have been raised and will be raised on the age difference between us. But I sincerely feel that at my age I know what is good for me and I can take my decisions as per my own wisdom. We live in a modern, progressive India, and the constitutional and legal framework has empowered me to decide about my life and my life’s choices.

I also know that motives can be attributed to my decision. Time is the only final arbitrator in such matters. I am a professional woman, who has worked hard throughout my career and have made a place and reputation for myself. I believe in my professional capabilities and like any other modern women, I have and will continue to shoulder my personal and family responsibilities on my own.

I have married Digvijaya Singh for love. Therefore, I have already requested him to transfer all his property and belongings to his son and daughters. I only want to embark on this new journey with him, working towards a dignified, professional career.

Once again, thank you all my friends, my office colleagues and well-wishers for everything.