Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal’s self-protecting and contradictory statements, and the acts of his legal team represent the desperate actions of a man whose face has been unmasked (Dec. 1). If he thought that he could silence his young colleague and dodge the law too, he is mistaken. He does not seem to have learnt that none is above the law and none can “sting” the law.
When the provisions of the law are crystal-clear on cases involving sexual harassment, Mr. Tejpal ought to have been arrested right away to send out a clear message that no one can escape the law.
How can Mr. Tejpal’s lawyer, Geetha Luthra, argue that “the victim behaved normally after [the] alleged incident and did not look disturbed”? (Nov. 30). Does she expect a woman professional assigned with a responsibility during an event of importance, to behave like a drama queen and have a dishevelled appearance to attract everyone’s attention after undergoing a traumatic experience? Women today are beyond this type of behaviour. They know how to handle personal crises, be a picture of dignity in spite of inner turmoil, and yet do the needful when it comes to demanding justice after consulting trusted friends, family members and support groups. If a woman lawyer has this type of mindset, how can we blame others then for expressing regressive ideas?
Rameeza A. Rasheed,
No doubt the case is important, but the media seem to be going overboard with the wall-to-wall coverage of the events. Is there nothing more important in this country than what happens to Mr. Tejpal? The media are expected to inform, entertain and educate in a balanced way, and not sensationalise and divert attention from vital issues.