India editor quits over sex claims

India editor quits over sex claims

India editor quits over sex claims

Written by Bella Dalima

28 Nov, 2013 | 7:09 pm

The managing editor of a top Indian magazine has resigned days after her boss was accused of sexually assaulting a female colleague.

Shoma Chowdhury of Tehelka magazine said it was a “damaging time” for the publication after the allegations involving its editor, Tarun Tejpal.

Tejpal stepped down from his position at Tehelka last week and is the subject of a police investigation. Chowdhury is the sixth journalist to quit the magazine amid the controversy.

The alleged incident happened earlier this month in Goa where the magazine held an annual conclave attended by newsmakers and celebrities from around the world.

Standing aside last week, Tejpal said a lapse of judgement and a misreading of the situation “led to an unfortunate incident that rails against all we believe in and fight for”.

The woman has said what took place was of a much more serious nature than that, but exactly what happened is unclear. Tejpal has been summoned to appear before police in Goa for questioning on Thursday after his female colleague began co-operating with the police inquiry. He has not been charged. The scandal has been dominating headlines in India, with critics accusing the magazine – one of India’s top of investigative titles – of hypocrisy and double standards.

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