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Indian-American model slammed for ‘disrespectful’ video on Varanasi, apologises

Model and influencer Aparna Singh has apologised for her much-criticised video on the city of Varanasi.

December 01, 2022 / 08:43 PM IST
Indian-American influencer Aparna Singh is facing backlash for her TikTok video on Varanasi (Image: @aparnaofficial/Instagram)

Indian-American influencer Aparna Singh is facing backlash for her TikTok video on Varanasi (Image: @aparnaofficial/Instagram)

Model and influencer Aparna Singh has apologised for her much-criticised video on the city of Varanasi. The Indian-American social media star had shared a TikTok video titled ‘Scariest city I ever visited: Varanasi, India’ which invited a wave of negative reactions for its portrayal of the holy city. Situated on the banks of the Ganges in Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi -- or Kashi -- is considered sacred in Hinduism and attracts devotees from across the country.

Atlanta-based Aparna Singh visited the Indian city to meet the manufacturers who make jewellery for her brand, Indian Goddess Boutique.

She called it the scariest city she has ever visited in a TikTok video for which she has since apologised.

The video begins with Singh pointing out how polluted and full of sewage the Ganges river is. “You see people are bathing in it. On the way to the hotel you see dead bodies being burned, and look at the hotel – how creepy does it look?” she says.