Full text: Tarun Tejpal raped me, says victim in new statement

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(Last Updated On: January 15, 2016)

The woman journalist who has accused Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal of sexual assault has now issued a statement saying what Tejpal did to her was a clear case of rape, under the law.

“I don’t know if I am ready to see myself as a “rape victim”, for my colleagues, friends, supporters and critics to see me thus. It is not the victim that categorizes crimes: it is the law. And in this case, the law is clear: what Mr. Tejpal did to me falls within the legal definition of rape.”

She also refuted insinuations that her allegations were politically motivated calling upon political parties to “resist the temptation to turn a very important discussion about gender, power and violence into a conversation about themselves.”

Below is the full text of her statement:

I am heartened by the broad support I have received over the past fortnight. However, I am deeply concerned and very disturbed by insinuations that my complaint is part of a pre-election political conspiracy.

I categorically refute such insinuations and put forward the following arguments:

The struggle for women to assert control over their lives and their bodies is most certainly a political one, but feminist politics and its concerns are wider than the narrow universe of our political parties. Thus, I call upon our political parties to resist the temptation to turn a very important discussion about gender, power and violence into a conversation about themselves.

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