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.