Tehelka campaigning to falsify facts, says victim

A former woman journalist with “Tehelka,” who has accused the magazine’s founder Tarun Tejpal of sexually assaulting her, complained to the Goa Police that a “systematic and virulent campaign” has been launched to falsify facts and truth in the case.

The Goa crime branch, which is investigating the case, received the complaint from the victim, whose statement was on Thursday afternoon recorded by its sleuths in Mumbai.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police O P Mishra said that the Mumbai crime branch team will arrive in Goa on Thursday evening, along with the contents of the complaint.

After going through the contents, legal action will be decided, Mishra said.

“Yesterday (on Wednesday), the victim got in touch with the investigating officer.

She informed him that she received a mail, which contains a picture of her along with two others,” Mishra said, adding that the email also contains slightly objectionable text related to the case.

“I have remained silent against this campaign of slander and vilification, although it has caused me hurt and trauma, because I have full faith in the legal process and respect its sanctity,” the victim has mentioned in her complaint.

The victim said that the photograph, which was available on the Tehelka server, was circulated illegally and without her consent to several members of society, including senior media persons.

“It is being presented completely out of context along with several malicious comments about my appearance and the veracity of my complaint,” she said. “This email clearly discloses my identity and seeks to deny me the protection granted by law, by encouraging a wide dissemination of the content of the same.”

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