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Tarun Tejpal’s Acquittal Has Made It Harder For Women To Fight For Justice: IWPC

The Indian Women’s Press Corp (IWPC) expressed its ‘disappointment’ over a Goa sessions court’s verdict acquitting journalist Tarun Tejpal of sexually assaulting a colleague.

Tarun Tejpal’s Acquittal Has Made It Harder For Women To Fight For Justice: IWPC
File photo of former Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal.
Tarun Tejpal’s Acquittal Has Made It Harder For Women To Fight For Justice: IWPC
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2021-05-23T14:08:57+05:30

 Responding to the acquittal of journalist Tarun Tejpal in connection with a sexual harassment case, the Indian Women’s Press Corp (IWPC) said, “The case and the way it proceeded — is a symptom of power imbalance where all too often women complainants don't get a fair hearing.”

On Friday, Tejpal was acquitted by a fast-track Goa sessions court of sexually assaulting a female colleague.

The former ‘Tehelka’ editor-in-chief was accused of sexually assaulting his colleague inside the elevator of a luxury hotel in Goa in 2013.

Stating that IWPC was “disappointed” with the sessions court’s verdict, the media body said it “stands with the survivor”.

“It is never easy for women to speak out against sexual harassment at work places and that is a reflection of a skewed power structure, of a culture of sexualising women at work places and of the economic, professional disadvantage of reporting sexual harassment

“The acquittal of Tarun Tejpal — a powerful editor who himself admitted to ‘the shameful lapse of judgement that led me to attempt a sexual liaison with you on two occasions on 7 November and 8 November 2013, despite your clear reluctance that you did not want such attention from me’ -- has made the fight for justice harder for women,” IWPC said in a statement.

The Goa police registered an FIR against Tejpal in November 2013 following which he was arrested. He then received bail on May 2014.

He faced trial under IPC sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement), 354 (assault or criminal force with intent to outrage modesty), 354-A (sexual harassment), 354-B (assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe), 376(2)(f) (person in a position of authority over women, committing rape) and 376(2)k) (rape by a person in a position of control).

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