To, Smt Mamta Sharma Chairman, National Commission for Women SUB- Complaint Agaisnt Tarun Tejpal and Request to NCW to take stringent legal action against Tarun Tejpal.
This mail is with reference to the recent shocking revelations about sexual harassment and gross violation of a female journalist committed by the Editor-in-Chief of Tehelka. The revelations are shocking not just because of the sexual exploitation but also for the fact that it has been done by someone who has made a name for himself and his publications by apparently being at the forefront of unearthing wrongdoings of others. However, when it comes to his own gross misconduct and sexual assault by him on one of his subordinates, it is surprising how the set standards have changed. As has been reported in FirstPost, the female victim in question has stated in her letter to the Managing Editor of Tehelka
“what Tejpal did
was not a bad lapse of judgment but a case of serious sexual assault. She says that Tejpal tried to disrobe her and extensively groped her twice during the recently
concluded Think festival in Goa.”
From what has been stated by the female victim in question, it is nothing less than a case of ATTEMPTED RAPE. And yet it is extremely shocking as to how this entire matter is being hushed up by Tehelka as an
of the organisation and as if by temporarily resigning from the post of Editor, Tarun Tejpal is voluntarily embracing perhaps the most demanding punishment (Sic!!!) of the land. Can mere temporary resignation from the post of Editor is the punishment as defined by our laws for an attempt to rape? How can an attempt to rape and Sexual assault be termed as an Internal matter of an organisation? If this becomes a precedence then every instance of harassment of women in organisations or by in-laws of married woman, would be termed as an internal affair thereby not being fit for legal and social scrutiny. Therefore I request you to kindly take cognizance of the gravity of the issue and record the statement of the victim and file an FIR against Tarun Tejpal for his violation and dishonouring of