Rape pol­i­tics

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

Tarun Te­j­pal, edi­tor of the in­ves­tiga­tive mag­a­zine Te­helka, was for­mally charged by the In­dian Po­lice for sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a fe­male col­league in Goa. Un­der the newly ex­panded In­dian laws on women's safety, Te­j­pal was also charged with rape and out­rag­ing the woman's mod­esty. If con­victed, he could face up to seven years in prison.

The woman ac­cused Te­j­pal of as­sault­ing her twice in a ho­tel el­e­va­tor, when the mag­a­zine was host­ing its an­nual con­fer­ence of In­dian lead­ers, newsmakers and celebri­ties. She wrote to the mag­a­zine's man­ag­ing edi­tor about the al­leged as­sault.

The case against Te­j­pal came as a sur­prise be­cause he was edi­tor of an in­ves­tiga­tive mag­a­zine that raised its voice against cor­rup­tion and sex­ual vi­o­lence. Te­j­pal, how­ever, de­nies the al­le­ga­tions, claim­ing that the case against him is mo­ti­vated by po­lit­i­cal vendetta.

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