SHOMA1Shoma Choudhury

Shamlessly Ms. Shoma Chaudhary – the makeshift Editor-in Chief of Tehelka magazine – is defending the brutal acts of her earlier boss Tarun Tejpal.
Tarun is anow an absconding accused in Goa Crime Branch Crime Register number 27/2013. Alerts have been issued to all checkposts, all airports to arrest Tarun Tejpal.

Before his so call self atonment Tarun made it clear that everything within his organization remains under his control. Thats why he appointed Shoma Choudhary as the new boss of tehelka for six months’ atonment period. Since then Shoma is constantly, vehemently and adamantly supporting absconding Tarun Tejpal. On 21 November 2013, i.e. after two weeks from the sexual assault on her employee, Shoma issued a ‘Statement’ at saying as under:

In furtherance to Tehelka’s acceptance of Tarun Tejpal’s recusal from editorship of Tehelka on November 20th, which followed the official unconditional apology he had mailed to the journalist concerned on November 19th, Tehelka has now constituted a formal complaints committee, in accordance to Vishaka guidelines, to be presided over by Urvashi Butalia, eminent feminist and publisher, to investigate the matter. The other members of the committee will be announced shortly.

In addition to this, Tehelka will ensure setting up a formal complaints committee, according to section 4 of the Sexual Harassment of Women (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal Act, 2013), an institutional mechanism that was sorely missing in Tehelka.

Shoma Chaudhury, managing editor, Tehelka. 21 November 2013

This was treated as a whitewash by evry sector of society including senior journalist N. Ram of the Hindu. This has, indeed, turned out as a whitewash. The said panel was never ‘appointed’ as such. This becomes clear in an another ‘Statement’ issued by Shoma on on 26.11.2013 which is as under:

On Sexual Harassment Enquiry Committee

Since last Thursday, Tehelka has requested several people to be a part of the Sexual Harassment Enquiry Committee in Tehelka, including eminent people like Urvashi Butalia, Inakshi Ganguly, Sharmila Tagore, Justice Leela Seth, Prem Shankar Jha, Uma Chakravarti, Vrinda Grover, and several others. Tehelka has also written to the complainant  journalist asking her to suggest some names for the committee but   she hasn’t replied. However, despite all our efforts, there is a strong sense amongst lawyers and activists that, given that a criminal enquiry by Goa police was started on Thursday itself and a criminal case has now been filed, an Enquiry Committee would not have any legal standing. Hence, many of the people Tehelka has approached wish to recuse themselves from the committee. We are trying to persuade them to reconsider and remain committed to having such a committee to investigate this matter.

On 26.11.2013 she also issued another ‘Statement’ on the website which is as under:

On National Commission for Women notice

Contrary to media reports, Tehelka Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhury has responded to National Commission for Women. All detailed reports and responses will be put out today.

Point to be noted that she has not published what she claimed as “All detailed reports and responses will be put out today” .

Meanwhile, the victim resigned from tehelka. Her resignation letter points out the shameless and frivolous manners of Shoma and the management of Tehelka in handeling the sexual molestation issue.

To support the victim against such immoral handeling, Tehelka’s senior editor Rana Ayyub resigned from her post on 26.11.2013. Last week, Shougat Dasgupta, Ayesha Siddiqa, Jay Mazoomdaar and Revati Laul had resigned from the organisation.

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