An Indian news anchor who discovered her husband had been killed in a car crash during a live TV bulletin is being praised for her courage.

Supreet Kaur, 28, who works for the IBC24 news channel in Chhattisgarh, was reading the 10am news when a reporter called in breaking news.

District reporter Dhananjay Tripathi said that three people had been killed in a horror car crash in Magasamund district, while two others had been injured.

He didn’t identify the dead, but Ms Kaur realised that her husband Harshad Kawade had been travelling on the same road at the same time in the same model of car, a Renault Duster, with four companions.

“She did not know it was her husband’s car until our reporter mentioned the number of the vehicle,” her colleague Tehsin Ziadi told The Hindu.

“However, she did not lose her composure even after knowing that her husband was no more. She completed the bulletin, walked out of the studio and then broke down.”

The Hindustan Times reports that Ms Kaur managed to read the news for another ten minutes, before leaving for the crash site.

A senior editor told the publication that staffers had learned of her husband’s death while she was reading the news.

“But we did not tell her,” the editor said. “We did not have the courage.”

She and Mr Kawade married a year ago, and have a young daughter.

Photo: IBC24.