Pressure, intimidation on me to protect Tejpal: woman journo - The New Indian Express

Pressure, intimidation on me to protect Tejpal: woman journo

Published: 23rd November 2013 10:15 PM

Last Updated: 23rd November 2013 10:15 PM

The woman journalist, who has accused Tehelka founder Tarun Tejpal of sexually assaulting her, today said "pressure" and "intimidation" were being brought on her and her family "to protect" him.

She said a member of his immediate family visited her mother at home here last night and asked what the journalist "wanted" as a result of her complaint.

The journalist said Tejpal's relative came to her mother's residence on the night of November 22 and asked her mother who they are consulting for legal advice.

The magazine founder's relative also asked the victim journalist's mother to "protect Mr Tejpal", said a statement issued by the woman journalist of the magazine.

"This may be the beginning of a period of further intimidation and harassment", it said.

"On the night of 22nd of November, 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 and demanded to know 1) who I was seeking legal help from and 2) what I wanted as the result of my complaint of sexual molestation by Mr. Tejpal, that was made to the Tehelka management earlier this week", said the statement.

It said "this visit (by Tejpal's relative) has placed tremendous emotional pressure on my family and I at an intensely traumatic time" and asked "all persons connected to Mr. Tejpal and his associates to refrain from approaching me or my family members".

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