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What Tejpal did falls within legal ambit of rape: Victim

Rejecting ‘insinuations’ that her complaint is part of a pre-election political conspiracy, the victim of Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal’s alleged sexual assault on Friday said what he did to her ‘falls within the legal definition of rape’. In a statement ahead of Tejpal’s journey to Goa to face police questioning, she said she was heartened by the broad support she has 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,’ she said in a two-page statement. Categorically refuting such insinuations, she put forward arguments to say what Tejpal did was rape.

While he was fighting to protect his wealth, influence and privilege, for her it was a fight to preserve nothing except ‘my integrity and my right to assert that my body is my own and not the plaything of my employer.’ ‘Perhaps the hardest part of this unrelentingly painful experience has been my struggle with taxonomy. I don’t know if I am ready to see myself as a rape victim,’ she said.
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