Striking a blow for transparency
Now a famous editor is on the cover page of all newspapers. It was really shocking that of all journalists, Tarun Tejpal is in the news for molesting a lady journalist who is of the age of his own daughter. The law must take its own course, as unless the newsmakers who teach us morals are taught a lesson, all sermons are useless. Remember what he did was in the lift, so that no one could have a whiff of suspicion. I remember an incident when, in the early ‘80s, I was working in Voltas Limited, one of the Tata group of companies. One fine Monday, I saw that all the cabins on the floor were demolished and new glass cabins were coming up instead. Enquiries with the then personnel officer revealed that the directive had come from Bombay House (Tata Head Office.) Since there were several women stenographers, for their safety, glass-walled cabins were a must. What Tata did in the ‘80s, is still not seen even in modern offices. From Tehsil offices to Sachivalaya, all cabins are completely closed so no one knows what is going on inside. Let government office cabins be replaced with glass cabins. After all Tarun Tejpal did what he did behind the closed doors of the lift!
Questions that make one THiNK
This refers to “Of Asaram and Tarun Tejpal” (November 25). Rape is a crime that we want anyone to be wary of and show zero tolerance to the perpetrator. Why was the Goa Governor’s bungalow used for the THiNK function? Why were the Taliban co-founder and political adviser of Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, invited to THiNK? Tejpal? Why does Tejpal want the case to be shifted out of Goa? Tejpal is only trying to establish his innocence in a devious manner. If he needed to get in touch with ‘his’ daughter, could he only adopt the ‘message route’? And claim that all that happened was ‘drunken banter?’ He has brought such a bad name to journalism. He wanted to cleanse the system. He should have begun at home.
Subrahmanian S H
Long arm of the law
This refers to ‘Asaram and Tarun Tejpal’(November 25). This case is an illustration as to how some high profile people think they can do anything, and evade the law by using their powerful connections. Even as the “apology” explanation was laughable and shocking at the same time, the way one of Tehelka’s founding members, and its managing editor, Shoma Chaudhury went the whole hog to save Tejpal’s skin was disgusting and disgraceful.
Evidently, some journalists’ view on preaching and practising are diagrammatically opposite. As a journalist who is a staunch advocate for the rights of women, Chaudhury should have known that the crime committed by Tejpal fell under the ambit of cognisable offence, as well as non-cognisable offence. However, the role of the Goa Police in the case has been commendable, and it appears to be acting independently without any pressures, and strictly according to the law. The plan of Tarun Tejpal to move the High Court to shift the case to a national investigation agency is proof that he has understood that the laws of the land are catching up with him.
The Indian media has acted remarkably in this case and it needs to be applauded. The colleagues of the victim seem to be with her, and she will require their unstinted support in her fight for justice. It is very important to protect the victim, and ensure that the case will not get buried after some time.
Police stations need CCTVs
Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil and the respected police commissioner of Mumbai,.Satyapal Singh, must seriously consider the idea of installing CCTVs in all the police stations, as corruption has assumed alarming proportions.
Today, if the complainant ‘manages’ the police station, he can lodge a bogus complaint and get an FIR and get anybody arrested on any trumped-up charges . This racket continues to flourish in many police stations, as even in civil disputes, even if a lender asks the borrower for his legitimate dues or is claiming some amount due to him, he is hauled up by the local police station for ‘extortion!’
The Police Commissioner must appoint ward-wise citizens’ committees, Lok Adalats, which can oversee and monitor any atrocities or wrongful confinement by the police station.
There is an urgent need to verify the antecedents of the complainant as many of them have used this modus-operandi to obtain money from well-placed businessmen and individuals, in connivance with the police station.
K V Satyamurty
Modi must take a sabbatical
The Eelectronic Commission has already rapped the BJP’s PM-designate, Narendra Modi, for his most outrageous attack on the election symbol of the Copngress and, to add to that, ‘Snooping taint on Modi reaches SC’ (November 24) now when he is still being stalked by the dark shadows of the 2002 riots. By being arrogantly autocratic and intolerably caustic in speech, he is clearly becoming an embarrassment for the Lotus Party, which therefore needs to rethink his projection as its PM candidate, apply a midcourse correction, in its own interest and ask him to go on a sabbatical for a few months, so that other moderate leaders of the party who have been bulldozed into silence, can come into the forefront.
V Subramanyan Iyer