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Journalist who accused Tarun Tejpal of sexual assault resigns

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New Delhi: Tehelka journalist who accused editor Tarun Tejpal of sexual assault resigned from the organization on Monday, news-channel reports said.

According to reports, the woman journalist in her resignation letter has said that the organization has failed her. The journalist said “it was impossible to work at the organisation.”

Meanwhile, Goa Police said have established contact with the woman journalist.

"The investigating officer has established contact with the victim," Deputy Inspector General of Police O.P. Mishra said at a press conference here.

In another related development, the Indian Journalists Union on Monday said in a statement here that it was shocked by the alleged sexual assault on a young lady journalist by Tehelka Editor-in-Chief Tarun Tejpal.

IJU President S N Sinha and Secretary-General D Amar also said they were greatly disappointed by the magazine's response and in particular that of Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhury, who seemed to be trying to protect her Editor and the publication rather than help the young victim.

"While the IJU would have no hesitation to give credit to the path-breaking work that Tehelka has done over the years, it urges the magazine to cooperate with the law, desist from intimidating the young journalist and her family and provide the fullest support both legally and emotionally to the victim," the statement said.

If the media did not introspect and take action, its credibility as an institution would be hit, it added.

The woman journalist, in her complaint to Tehelka managing editor Shoma Chaudhury, had said that Tejpal sexually assaulted her twice in an elevator in the Club House section of the Grand Hyatt five-star resort here during the news magazine's ThinkFest conference earlier this month.

With agency inputs

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