Response to Shantanu Guha Ray’s Mumbai Mirror Article on Tarun Tejpal: Anonymous

Guest post by ANONYMOUS

[The letter below was sent to the Mumbai Mirror by the woman journalist who has accused Tarun Tejpal of rape. The paper is yet to issue a clarification on Mr Guha Ray’s connection to the rape accused Mr Tejpal, or to carry this letter on its website, or paper. As per Indian Law the identity of a victim of sexual assault is protected. We are thus carrying the letter below without disclosing her identity]

To

The Editor

Mumbai Mirror

This is to draw your attention to the article printed in your newspaper titled “Rape Charges Against Tarun Tejpal: Over Two Years On, Trial Yet to Begin” dated March 21, 2016 by Shantanu Guha Ray.

Having long admired the Mumbai Mirror, I was disappointed to note the factual inconsistencies and biases evident in the article. To begin with, Mr Guha Ray, allegedly a senior journalist (and therefore, one hopes, familiar with at least a few journalistic tenets) fails to mention in his piece that he worked under the rape accused, Tarun Tejpal, for several years at Tehelka magazine, and was also the head of Tehelka’s sister venture, Financial World – indicating that he had significant financial interest the magazine.

Further, Mr Guha Ray mentions that the complainant in the case is “working on a book on the complicated matter of sexual harassment at the workplace” to be published by Harper Collins. As the complainant, I would like to clarify that I am not working on a book about office harassment, have never been contacted by Harper Collins, and that the only thing complicated about sexual harassment at the workplace is the management bending over backwards to protect abusive employers responsible for their pay cheques.

If any further evidence of Mr Guha’s bias and professional ineptitude was necessary, let me also point out that while he liberally quotes the rape accused as saying the case is “a matter of life and death for him”, he fails to even get the state prosecutor’s name right, and has never contacted me for an account of how the delay in an allegedly “fast track” and high profile rape case has affected my health or professional prospects.

A basic fact check, or a few phone calls to lawyers and editors in New Delhi would have alerted the journalist in question, as well as you to the fact that Mr Tejpal and his family have repeatedly screened sub-judice CCTV footage for anyone that asks to view it. In fact, no one except the police and Mr Tejpal’s defence even have access to this footage, so perhaps Mr Guha Ray can next train his newshound instincts to finding out how story after story defending Mr Tejpal based on this footage appeared in publications like Outlook, The Citizen and the Facebook page of Mr Anurag Kashyap.

Finally, Mr Guha would do well to remember that not only does this delay in proceedings give “some reprieve” to Mr Tejpal, but combined with his slanderous media campaign, it also affects every single witness in the case, and constantly delays the moment I can present my truth and evidence in court — a moment I have patiently waited for for over two years.

Warm regards,

XYZ

3 thoughts on “Response to Shantanu Guha Ray’s Mumbai Mirror Article on Tarun Tejpal: Anonymous

  1. to like this would be a travesty like most things painful.The letter reiterates the personal grief of the wronged,victim and family.Of how the passage of time delays and then renders justice infructuous.Of how people in high places navigate through their costly pleasures gone awry occasionally.Importantly, the contours of a struggle while in the fading popular imagination…

  2. K SHESYU BABU

    Inordinate delays in matters of fundamental rights is common in Indian courts. The transgender case has been deliberately delayed for want of full bench and the first sitting is taking prolonged caste of time. The ‘nirbhaya’ case is yet to have a final decision. Maoists are languishing in jails by illegal detentions as their hearings are never taken seriously.
    This case is of surprise. The courts will wait till the prime accused takes all precautions steps in doctoring evidence while cooling his mind and body in air conditional rooms. Sadly, ee cannot question this lopsided system of Justice in courts, for, we are charged with contempt of courts. Our traditional dictum ‘respect thy elders’ should not be infringed!!(even if the elders tread on questionable and extra-judicial path!)

  3. Pingback: Survivor responds to Shantanu Guha Ray’s article on Tejpal | Hillele

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