Feminists condemn the BJP lynch mob attack on Shoma Chaudhary

This is the text of the statement released yesterday condemning the  attack on Shoma Chaudhary by a BJP mob led by Vijay Jolly.

We condemn the BJP lynch mob that attacked Tehelka managing Editor Shoma Chaudhuri’s house, physically jostling her at the entrance. Unsurprisingly, the BJP and right-wing forces in general have pounced upon the Tehelka sexual assault case to sweep attention away from the sexual crimes of their own Asaram Bapus and their Sahabs.

While Shoma Chaudhuri failed in her responsibility as an employer when approached by an employee complaining of sexual harassment within the organization, she is neither an accomplice nor an accessory to the crime of sexual assault of which the Tehelka Editor Tarun Tejpal is accused.

We also condemn the online harassment meted out to other women employees in Tehelka by the right wing brigade in the internet. Such harassment is only further evidence of the double standards of the right-wing forces who see this attack on the woman journalist as a political opportunity.

Sexual harassment and violence against women respects no political boundaries, and we are appalled that a party responsible for large scale violence against women should present itself as the saviour of women’s rights, and that, through a physical attack on a woman journalist. We recognize the distasteful political pre-election opportunism at work in these self-righteous stands by an ethically bankrupt party, and demand that Shoma Chaudhuri’s safety be assured by the state.

Nivedita Menon
Rohini Hensman
Ayesha Kidwai
Devaki Jain
Abha Bhaiya
Radhika Desai
Janaki Nair
Urvashi Butalia
Arundhati Dhuru
Anita Ghai
Rachna Johri
Juhi Jain
Rakhi Sehgal
Kavitha Muralidharan
Shreya Ila Anasuya
Neelanjana Mukhia
Srila Roy
Ramlath Kavil
Supriya Madangarli
Amrita Shodhan
Geetanjali Gangoli
Shahida Murtaza
Seema Kulkarni
Suneeta Dhar
Lalita Ramdas
Ramu Ramdas
Sheba George
Chayanika Shah
Jayasree Subramaniam
Anuradha Kapoor
Shilpa Phadke
Shipra Nigam
Kavita Krishnan
Kalyani Menon Sen
Malika Virdhi, Maati
Meena Saraswathi Seshu
Kavita Srivastava
Kiran Shaheen
Shoba Ghosh
Vasanth Kannabiran
Laxmi Murthy
Vrinda Grover
Kavita Panjabi
Rimple Mehta
Sadhna Arya
Purva Bharadwaj
Saumya Uma
Anusha Hariharan
Sujata Gothoskar
Geeta Ramaseshan
Urvashi Butalia
Anita Roy
Ishani Butalia
Shweta Vachani
Rajashri Dasgupta
Soma Marik
Kavin Malar
Virginia Saldanha
Shraddha Chickerur
Gayatri Nair
Jarjum Ete

and others

10 thoughts on “Feminists condemn the BJP lynch mob attack on Shoma Chaudhary”

  1. Asharam’s ashram continues to exist, operations at Infosys continue after one of its CEO was charged at sexual harassment at workplace but Tehelka’s existence is in danger after the founder is charged of rape ….does it say something about the viciousness about the overall way in which the case is being handled…will the closing of tehelka mean justice for the victim? Can the media separate organisation and the founder i.e Tarun Tejpal, is he tehalka or can the media see the organisation as a separate entity ?

    1. Please update your knowledge before writing. No CEO of Infosys was charged for sexual harassment.

      I agree that every property of Asaram & company be confiscated.

      Tehelka has been violating all laws and rules (see my comments down) and people should be punished for that..

      Tejpal will have to be in jail for 10 years as per new law.

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