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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 28, 2013 AT 09:15 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 28, 2013 09:15 IST


Photo Courtesy: Shoma Chaudhury, on Twitter

Full text of the email sent by Tehelka Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhury to her colleagues

Dear All,

This has been a damaging time for all associated with Tehelka. Since the devastating allegation was first brought to my notice on 18th November, I have taken a series of actions in response to this complaint. To my mind, I acted on instant outrage and solidarity for our colleague as a woman and co-worker.

After the first steps to immediately address her expressed needs, the process of setting up the anti-sexual harassment committee was begun. There were only two days to act on the complaint before the story broke in the press. Post this, things have been misconstrued and have snowballed exponentially in the media, based on half-facts and selective leaks. In the next stage, once the committee was formed, the law would have taken its course according to the findings and recommendations.

Over the past week, I have been accused of an attempt to “cover-up” and for not standing by my feminist positions. While I accept that I could have done many things differently and in a more measured way, I reject the allegations of a cover-up because in no way could the first actions that were taken be deemed suppression of any kind. As for my feminist positions, I believe I acted in consonance with them by giving my colleague’s account precedence over everything else.

However, despite this, as a result of what's transpired over the past few days my integrity has repeatedly been questioned by people from our fraternity and, in fact, by the public at large. I would like to take cognizance of this.

I have worked hard for Tehelka for many years and what we have stood for is very dear to me and I hold it in high esteem. I do not want questions raised about my integrity to tarnish the image of Tehelka, which it has done in the past week.

Therefore, I resign as Managing Editor with immediate effect.

There are many readers and colleagues who have believed in me and expressed their faith through this very difficult time. I am deeply grateful to them.

I will come in to office to close the issue and do the necessary handovers. I cannot express how painful this is for me. It has never been a part of me to give up midway through a challenge. I would have liked to continue at Tehelka to see us through this dark time, but I am no longer sure whether my presence is harming or helping Tehelka.

I deeply regret any inadequacies or lack of clarity I may have displayed in my leadership.

Shoma

POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 28, 2013 AT 09:15 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 28, 2013 09:15 IST
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42/D-21
Dec 02, 2013
04:14 AM

Ramki,

>>>> We also condemn the online harassment meted out to other women employees in Tehelka by the right wing brigade in the internet.
>> SAINT SONIA CULT FANGIRLS calling themselves feminists....

There seems to be no limit to how low you can get!

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
41/D-212
Dec 01, 2013
11:09 PM

 Anwaar >> We also condemn the online harassment meted out to other women employees in Tehelka by the right wing brigade in the internet.

SAINT SONIA CULT FANGIRLS calling themselves feminists trying to twist the debate to create a sympathy for rapist/fugitive/money launderer Tarun Tejpal and his rape accomplice Shoma.

This wont work. Dear SONIA CULT FANGIRLS - Constitution of India gives us every right to critique public personalities. If you think this is harrassment,please shut the computer and buy a copy of Indian constitution book and read it again.

 
Ramki_Uncensored
Delhi, India
40/D-93
Dec 01, 2013
12:14 PM

Feminists condemn the BJP lynch mob attack on Shoma Chaudhary

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.
 


 

kafila.org/2013/12/01/feminists-speak-out-against-the-bjp-lynch-mob-attack-on-shoma-chaudhary/

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
39/D-149
Nov 30, 2013
07:13 PM

2 fingers in a vagina are more important than the estimated 33 thousand people who died malnourished last week in this country. No wonder the maoists want to kill all of us.

communalist
mumbai, India
38/D-24
Nov 30, 2013
05:47 AM

181 D L NARAYAN SIR
Thank you sir

V.N.K.Murti Pattambi
PATTAMBI, India
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