Shall we banter about sexual harassment?

Awesome Women

handsOn November 20, 2013, Tarun Tejpal, the editor-in-chief of Tehelka, an Indian weekly magazine known for investigative journalism, stepped down from his post for a period of six months following accusations of misconduct with a female journalist. The woman said this assault took place during the magazine’s annual event, Thinkfest in Goa. He maintains that it was a “misreading of the situation” in his email to the Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhary, who exhibited a clear lack of seriousness about the issue, by stating that the incident was an internal matter. In her press statement, she emphasized on the fact that Tejpal had given an ‘unconditional’ apology. She now claims that the said journalist was ‘satisfied’ with the actions taken. Chaudhary’s insensitivity and Tejpal’s resignation shows that a serious debate about sexual harassment in the workplace is long overdue. An apology and six months of self-imposed exile by Tejpal is not a…

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