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Tehelka sexual harassment: NCW seeks protection for woman journalist
Three colleagues of the young woman journalist who was allegedly sexually assaulted by Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal, have reportedly confirmed the victim’s version of events.
It is says that Hollywood’s Robert Niro’s name is in also in FIR, then why is there not mentioning of other participants including Shoma?
Read 3000 worded Email of the Victim: THiNK in Goa Participants Bachchan Shekhar Priyanka should break silence
THiNK in Goa Participants should remember who announced from stage there: “…eat, drink b merry, go 2 bed with any1. What happens at Goa stays at Goa.”
THiNK in Goa Participants should read the email of victim woman journalist which is sent to Managing director Shoma and after that let us know silence of them is for the victim of the accused rapist!
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Breaking News on Tejpal sex scandal:
* The Goa police on Sunday started recording statements of three witnesses with whom the Tehelka woman journalist had reportedly spoken to after the alleged sexual assault on her by the magazine editor Tarun Tejpal.
* The latest development in the Tejpal sexual assault case is that Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal is contemplating moving court in a bid to get the probe transferred.
* The Tehelka journalist alleged a member of Tarun Tejpal’s family had visited her mother’s house on Friday night to ask her mother to protect Tejpal.
“On the night of November 22, 2013, a member of Mr Tejpal’s immediate family came to my mother’s house in New Delhi, asking my mother to protect Mr Tejpal,” the journalist said in a statement released to the media. She said the visitor “demanded to know who I was seeking legal help from” and “what I ‘wanted’ as the result of my complaint”.
The female journalist added, “This visit has placed tremendous emotional pressure on my family and I at an intensely traumatic time. I fear this may be the beginning of a period of further intimidation and harassment.”
She further urged: “I call upon all persons connected to Mr Tejpal and his associates to refrain from approaching me or my family members.”
“This visit has placed tremendous emotional pressure on my family and I at an intensely traumatic time. I fear this may be the beginning of… further intimidation and harassment,” she said. “I call upon all persons connected to Mr Tejpal and his associates to refrain from approaching me or my family members.”
* Reports, however, said CCTV footage from outside the elevator does show the victim leaving the elevator “in a hurry” on one occasion.
* Revati Laul, a former Tehelka employee and the reporter’s friend who quit immediately after the issue became public, told a news channel that Chaudhury’s behavior indicated that she was “firmly on the side of Tejpal”.
* “The way the issue was handled is very disappointing. What should have been a transparent and legal issue between an editor and a reporter has ended up causing serious damage to the organization and its credibility. In the circumstances, it did not feel right to continue with the magazine,” said Jay Mazoomdaar, who terminated his contract as a consulting editor with Tehelka on Friday
* As Goa police readied to question Tehelka magazine founder Tarun Tejpal for the alleged sexual assault on a female colleague, the organisers of the Taj Literary Festival, scheduled in December, decided to remove him from the list of invitees.
The organisers also said the books authored by Tejpal would not be displayed at the festival.
This is the second blow for Tejpal. Soon after the alleged sexual assault came to light on Wednesday, a panel headed by Vice President Hamid Ansari had cancelled Tejpal’s membership of the prestigious Prasar Bharti Board.
* Known to be a money bag in political circles, KD Singh is a Rajya Sabha MP from Jharkhand and the northern region head of Trinamool Congress.
* The Tehelka case could serve as a wake-up call for private sector companies — under the scanner — to put in place the institutional structures mandated under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace
Robert De Niro gave an address at India’s THiNK summit in Goa. De Niro’s session — moderated by Tehelka managing editor Shoma Chaudhury
De Niro was accompanied on his trip by his daughter Drena. The itinerary included a stop in the capital New Delhi where an exclusive lunch event was hosted featuring a select guest list including veteran actress Shabana Azmi and her husband, acclaimed screenwriter and lyricist Javed Akhtar.
De Niro’s Casino co-star Sharon Stone had jet into Mumbai to host the first amfAR India fund-raiser along with Bachchan’s son, actor Abhishek Bachchan and his actress wifeAishwarya Rai Bachchan. The evening had also feature a live performance by Ke$ha.
The third edition of the event was held from Nov. 8-10, with sessions featuring personalities such as Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, director Shekhar Kapur(Elizabeth) and actress Priyanka Chopra.
The speaker lineup also featured leading figures such as Russian chess champion Garry Kasparov, former Newsweek editor Tina Brown, Kenyan paleontologist Louise Leakey, Indian environment activist Medha Patkar and perhaps most controversially, one of the founders of the Taliban, Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef from Afghanistan.
Javed Akhtar with his wife Shabana Azami was participant at THiNK in Goa. Javed Akhta has already given certificate of renounce of Rapist for leaving his editorial job six months. People think that this renounce is equal to the renounce of Sonia GandhiJi’s renounce of Premiership to rule behind the door without accountability. Harish Rawat Congress leader of Uttarakhand and spokesperson has also praised Tejpal in the line of Javed Akhtar.
THiNK is organized by New Delhi-based current affairs magazine Tehelka, founded by so called rapist Tarun Tejpal whose maternal uncle is Union Minister Kapil. Father of Tejpal was Congress MLA. So silence of Sonia Gandhi and other congress leaders can be understood easily.
* “Just because the assailant has connections in the Congress party, the nation is deprived of the sage advice of P Chidambaram, the caustic comments of Kapil Sibal and the exaggerated tweets of Manish Tewari. Manish Tewari was in Goa recently, he discovered Hitler there. What a pity that he could not discover a serial rapist in Goa,” Arun Jaitley, Leader of Opposition, wrote in his blog on Friday.
Here is the complete e-mail of the victim to Tehelka;s Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhury:
It is extremely painful for me to write this email to you – I have struggled with finding an easier way to say it, but there isn’t one. The editor in chief of Tehelka, Tarun Tejpal, sexually assaulted me at Think on two occasions last week. From the very first moment, I wanted to call you, or find you and tell you what he had done to me – but given how absorbed you were at Think; preparing for and conducting sessions, and the fact that it was impossible for the two of us to get even a minute alone together, I could not. To add to this, I had to process the fact that it was Tarun who molested me — my father’s ex colleague and friend, Tiya’s dad, and someone I had so deeply respected and admired for so many years.
Both times, I returned to my room in a completely distraught condition, trembling and crying. I went straight to Shougat and Ishan’s room, where I called G Vishnu and told them what had been done to me. (All three of them are copied on this email. You can contact them for any clarifications you see necessary). The second time he molested me, I even told Tiya what happened. When he heard I’d told Tiya (she confronted him), he lashed out at me, and I became truly terrified of what he would do. I avoided him in all situations except in rooms full of people, until I checked out of Think on Sunday.
As of Saturday evening, he sent me text messages insinuating that I misconstrued “a drunken banter”. That is not what happened. Banter does not involve forcing yourself on someone, trying to disrobe them, and penetrate them with your fingers despite them pleading for you to stop. As you read through the details of what happened in the attachment to this mail, I hope you will also understand how traumatic and terrifying it has been for me to report this to you — and yet how critical it is that Tehelka constitute an anti sexual harassment cell as per the Vishakha guidelines immediately, to investigate this matter. At the very least, I will need a written apology from Mr Tejpal and an acknowledgement of the same to be circulated through the organization. It cannot be considered acceptable for him to treat a female employee in this way.
On the night of 7th November 2013, the opening night of Tehelka’s Think festival, I had discharged my duties for the day as the chaperone for Mr Robert De Niro. As it was Mr De Niro and his daughter’s first night in Goa and at the festival, my editor in chief Mr Tarun Tejpal accompanied Mr De Niro, Drena De Niro (his daughter) and I to Mr De Niro’s suite to wish him goodnight. (As his chaperone, my work was to be available all day to Mr De Niro and Drena, take them sightseeing, make sure they were well looked after in Goa and at the Hyatt – until they retired to their suite at night. )
As we left the suite, Mr Tejpal and I were in conversation — I have known him since I was a child, he had worked closely with my father who was also a journalist, and after my father’s accident Mr Tejpal had always been a paternal figure to me. He was responsible for offering me my first job, and was always just a phone call away whenever I needed his advice on a story or life. His daughter, Tiya Tejpal and I are very close friends as well.
As we made our way out of the elevator of Block 7 at the Grand Hyatt, Mr Tejpal held my arm and pulled me back into the lift. He said – “Let’s go wake up Bob” (Mr De Niro) and I asked him why he wanted to do that. I then realized that Mr Tejpal was simply pressing buttons on the lift’s panel to make the elevator stay in circuit, preventing it from stopping anywhere, and for the doors to open.
At this point, he began to kiss me — from the first moment of his doing so, I asked him to stop, citing several reasons, including my friendship to Tiya, my closeness to his family, the fact that he had known me since I was a child, the fact that I worked for Tehelka and for Shoma Chaudhury – who is my managing editor and mentor. It was like talking to a deaf person. Mr Tejpal lifted my dress up, went down on his knees and pulled my underwear down. He attempted to perform oral sex on me as I continued to struggle and hysterically asked him to stop. At that moment he began to try and penetrate me with his fingers, I became scared and pushed him hard and asked him to stop the lift. He would not listen. The lift stopped on the ground floor as Mr Tejpal’s hands were on me and could not press the button for yet another floor to keep it in circuit. As soon as the doors opened, I picked up my underwear and began walking out of the elevator rapidly – he was still following me, asking me what the matter was.
I said “It’s all wrong. I work for you and Shoma.” He said first “It’s alright to be in love with more than one person,” and then he said, “Well, this is the easiest way for you to keep your job.” I was walking still faster, blinking back tears.
By this time, we had made our way from Block 7 to the main lawns of the Grand Hyatt, where I walked into the grassy dinner area full of people and Mr Tejpal walked off towards the performance area. Right as soon as he was out of sight, I took a taxi back to my hotel – the International Centre for Goa, where the Tehelka staff was staying, and went to the room where the Literary Editor Shougat Dasgupta and the Photo Editor Ishan Tankha were staying. I also called another friend and colleague – investigative reporter G Vishnu to the room and told them what had occurred. While the four of us were talking in the balcony,Mr Tejpal sent me a text message from his personal phone number at 1.17 am, which said “The fingertips”. This was the extent he had managed to penetrate me before I pushed him and ran out of the lift. I told the people with me on the balcony about this.Some of us considered resigning as soon as Think was over. I called my boyfriend Aman Sethi in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from Ishan Tankha’s iPhone and told him what had happened.
I was confused, hurt and really, really scared. At that point I did not want to lose my job. And so the next morning, I went about my work determined not to give Mr Tejpal or Tehelka a reason to fire me, as I was sure they would do once this story got out. At a few points of the day, I discussed the events of the previous night with Shougat Dasgupta, G Vishnu and Ishan Tankha, who were concerned about me after the state they had seen me in the previous night. In the afternoon, I accompanied Mr De Niro, his daughter, Sir VS Naipaul, Lady Naipaul and Mr Tejpal’s wife to the Governor’s bungalow for lunch.
Given the company we were in, I did not make any mention of what had occurred to Ms Geetan Batra, Mr Tejpal’s wife. Once I had escorted Mr De Niro back to his room post lunch, he expressed a desire to attend one of the sessions at the Main Hall. I brought him down to the Green Room, where Mr Tejpal found us, and asked me to bring Mr De Niro back down for Mr Amitabh Bachchan’s session as he wanted the two to meet. I took Mr De Niro and his daughter shopping to Panjim, and brought them back in time for Mr Bachchan’s session as instructed. Once the session was done, Mr Tejpal, Mr De Niro, Mr Bachchan and a few other members of the film industry, lawyers, politicians etc were supposed to meet at the Block 7 Grand Club for drinks.
I escorted Mr De Niro and Drena to this bar, told them I would return to my hotel, change, and be right back. While I was getting dressed at my hotel, Mr Tejpal called me from ThakurJi’s phone (Thakurji is the caretaker and manager of Tehelka’s Bombay office premises) and asked me where I was. I informed him I was just about to leave for the Grand Hyatt. In the taxi I noticed he had already sent me two text messages on my phone which said “Where r u?” at 8:29and then “??” at 8:42. from his personal number.
I replied with the following messages: “On my way to the lounge” 8.42 pm, “Had to sort out a lost package for Drena and get a bit presentable. See you in 10” at 8.44 pm and “Call tee she needs you” at 8.47 pm as Tiya had messaged me asking to help her find Tarun. At this point I was trying to be as normal and professional as possible and somehow get through my duties.
Five minutes later, as I was walking into the Grand Club at Block 7, Mr Tejpal was coming out of the lounge. He pointed at me asking me to stop. I was already worried that I was late and that Mr De Niro had asked for me. Mr Tejpal came to me and said “Come up with me, we have to get something from Bob’s room”. I was frightened that this would lead to a repeat of the previous night and so I said, “What does he need? I’ll go get it.” I was scared of getting into the lift with him again, and more terrified that he was going to try and take me into a room this time. By this time he was holding me by the wrist and had taken me into the lift (which is barely a few steps away from the lobby of block 7 where he had asked me to wait). When the doors closed, he started to try and kiss me again. I said “Tarun, please, no, just stop,” he pulled away, smiled, patted my cheek and said “Why? Ok. I’ll stop.” I said again “This just isn’t right. Tiya is my best friend. I had lunch with Geetan today. “
He smiled again and just for a moment I thought I had appealed to his better sense. I turned away from him, desperately waiting for the door to open (there are only three floors in Block 7 (G, 1 and 2), we were between floors). Within seconds of my turning around, he started to lift up my dress. He lifted it all the way up and said “You’re unbelievable”. The door opened on the second floor, on Mr De Niro’s floor — and he said again – “The universe is telling us something” to which I said “I’m taking the stairs” and started to walk out. He pulled me back in, sensing that I was on the verge of hysteria — by this point, he was totally comfortable physically manhandling me, but sensing my sheer panic, he did not touch me until the lift reached the ground floor. Right as the doors were about to open, he patted my behind once more.
I walked out of the lift, went to the Grand Club and immediately informed Ishan Tankha that Mr Tejpal had tried to molest me again. Ishan said “Again? What the fuck is wrong with him?” He was completely disgusted and said once more that we should just resign immediately. As I was to accompany Mr De Niro to the dining area, I somehow composed myself. Mr De Niro was mobbed by fans – and I had to take him away from the main garden to the Capiz Bar. I was sitting at the Capiz Bar with Mr De Niro and his daughter when TiyaTejpal came there to join us.
This was the first time the two of us had really met since the incident of the previous night. Since I had moved to Mumbai about a year and a half ago, Tiya had grown to become one of my closest friends. She lives across the road from my house in Mumbai and barely a day had passed when the two of us did not meet or talk to each other constantly. She was sitting beside me, and Mr De Niro was absorbed in conversation with his daughter. I could not keep something of this magnitude from her. I told her she would hate me for what I was telling her – but that Mr Tejpal had tried to molest me on these two separate occasions. I said “He tried to shove his tongue down my throat and then took my panties off”,when Tiya replied saying “I saw him do this to a woman when I was thirteen, so it doesn’t surprise me anymore,” but she was clearly disgusted………………….Link