India: Update--Founder-Editor of News Magazine Says CCTV Footage Will Exonerate Him, Police Say Otherwise
According to The Deccan Chronicle, a local court on Wednesday (February 19) handed over CCTV footage from a five-star hotel in northern Goa over to Tejpal's defense counsel, attorney Sandip Kapoor.
Defendant Tarun Tejpal, 50, founder-editor of the news magazine, Tehelka, has been charged with raping a junior subordinate in a hotel elevator in November 2013.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Anuja Prabhudesai earlier in the day ordered the court staff to hand over a copy of footage to Tejpal's counsel by 1700 hours.
COMMENT: Tejpal, currently being held in custody, had applied to the court seeking the footage, which is part of the evidence cited by the Goa police's crime branch in the charge-sheet against him.
The charge-sheet claimed that Tejpal had admitted to the crime and that the allegations against him were corroborated by the CCTV footage, emails exchanged with the victim and the statement of the witnesses, etc.
The police, however, made it clear, that "there is no CCTV footage of the incidents inside the elevator." This report will be updated as new information becomes available. I continue to take the position that Indian and foreign women alike are treated as if they are "second-class" citizens to be exploited by Indian men who obviously don't realize that women of all nationalities are to respected. Sadly, the solution can only be found in educating Indian boys and men from an early age that women don't exist solely for their exploitation.
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