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POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 05, 2013 AT 20:58 IST ,  Edited At: Dec 05, 2013 20:58 IST

Arundhati Roy speaks to the BBC's Sanjay Majumder:

Q: What was your reaction when you first heard about the accusations against Tarun Tejpal, as someone who knows him and is familiar with Tehelka?

A: Heartbreak. I think all of us are already braced for what we know is going to be mass hysteria in the media in which everybody is just not given time or place to think.

The fact is that what has been alleged against him is a pretty serious crime and you do have to admire the fact that a young colleague did have the courage to stand up and say what happened to her which isn't normally the case.

Yet, because of what happened in the [Delhi] gang rape last December, there is a lynch mob that is howling in a maximalist way. I think what we miss is a real addressing of the problem. On the one hand we are talking about sexual harassment, molestation and rape being a phenomenon which very many women go through. Is this media hysteria going to address the problem? 

Read the full interview at the BBC website:  Q&A: Arundhati Roy on India editor 'sex case'

POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 05, 2013 AT 20:58 IST ,  Edited At: Dec 05, 2013 20:58 IST
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>> I apologise, and take back what I said.

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27/D-68 Myself

On going through the newspaper article again, Saeed Naqvi is probably referring to rapes which allegedly took place during the riots, and not in the refugee camps.

I apologise, and take back what I said.

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17/D-5 Anwaar

"Muzaffarnagar ....... where Muslim victims from recent communal violence were preparing for a bitter winter in makeshift camps. Among the refugees were scores of women, raped in front of their parents and children and who are still waiting for the wheels of justice to move at all."

Where Saeed Naqvi got this information about "scores of women" being "raped in front of their parents and children" in the refugee camp he doesn't say in his Deccan Herald article. I googled, and the information available on the net is that one woman from the refugee camp who went out of the camp was raped by two persons. They were caught and thrashed by the neighbours and handed over to the police.

The impression given by Saeed Naqvi is that women in the camp were systematically raped by organised gangs, and that the administration has done nothing. He being a writer of some standing and credibility, people will take his assertions as being the truth.

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