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Shameful act

Apropos the editorial “High-profile disgrace” (November 25), it is shameful that media magnate Tarun Tejpal has allegedly sexually assaulted his lady colleague. More shameful is the way he is trying to prove his innocence by giving a different version after tendering his apology. This incident is a stark reality and shows the dirty mindset of “elite” persons occupying high posts and social positions. We are forced to live with the anguish that women are unsafe and vulnerable in India. The media must practice what they preach. They must shun making sensational news without ascertaining facts. They must not conduct doctored sting operations for big money. The proactive social media , awareness of people and empowerment of women have made the women strong, daring and powerful.

Capt Amar Jeet Kumar, Mohali

Victim’s stand admirable

It was shocking to read that Tarun Tejpal, founder-editor of Tehelka, who had emerged during the last decade as the brightest symbol of investigative journalism in the country, had allegedly sexually assaulted his junior woman colleague twice in a five-star hotel during the high-profile Think-fest recently in Goa. It is ironical that Tejpal happens to be the first person to face the stringent provisions under the new Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. Tejpal is reported to have apologised to the victim only when Tehelka Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhary insisted with her “adamant feminist principle.” On another occasion, he protests, “I am being framed by political forces behind it.” It is also distressing to know that since 2011, some dubious corporate houses have been sponsoring his Think-fest, which has turned into a "stink-fest". I admire the victim who has shown courage to share her suffering with her fellow journalists and society and expose the journalist.


Victims getting bolder

The Tehlka incident is indicative of the the notoriety that has been prevailing for ages as also the consoling aspect that victims, motivated by the awake media and active citizens, are coming boldly against the oppressors. They are not just sulking creatures heading for suicide. The media mechanism is working appropriately and public concern over it is commendable. We need to have zero tolerance for atrocities against women.

MPS Chadha, Mohali

Solution lies with society

Sex, scandals and rapes are on the increase and all sections of society — the rich and poor, high and low, teen-agers, adults and elderly — are involved in them despite the law acquiring strong teeth. The solution lies with society itself. We should not allow our young girls and women to step out of the house in skimpy or tight clothes and to act in obscene and vulgar videos, audios, TV programmes and films. The censor board should be stricter and pornography sites banned.

Manjit Singh Juneja, Mohali

Fast-track rape cases

Only exemplary punishment, like life imprisonment, could bring down the graph of rape crimes. Rape cases should be decided in fast track courts so that the criminals are punished at the earliest. The year 2013 has been a year of shame, with horrifying tales of moral turpitude and depravity and has witnessed how low a man could sink in subjecting women to sexual brutality. There is a need to take some concrete action to usher in peace, tranquility and respect for women.


Blot on the system

It is a blot on our system that Tarun Tejpal was not instantly arrested when he decided “self-punishment” for molesting a young woman reporter in his organisation Tehelka. It seems that the police authorities hesitate to arrest accused persons who are well known. Asaram was arrested several days after the molestation charges against him appeared in the media. His son Narain Sai got enough time to abscond. There is every likelihood that the retired Supreme Court judge accused of sexual assault by a woman intern may get away scot-free, like it happened in the similar infamous CD episode involving a senior advocate-cum-politician.




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