Tejpal case: Goa court cites chats, photos, puts question marks on woman

Acquitting Tarun Tejpal, Tehelka’s former editor-in-chief who had been charged with sexual assault of his then colleague in a lodge in 2013, the Goa periods court has detailed the woman complainant’s WhatsApp chats and electronic mail messages to repeatedly discredit her.

In a 527-page judgment, Extra Periods Decide Kshama Joshi, has cited the woman’s sexual relationships up to now, her views on consensual intercourse, ingesting, smoking, her “cheerful and pleased and much from traumatised or upset” look in images taken after the alleged assault, her go to to the lodge suite of an actor she was chaperoning “at an unnaturally late hour”, “flirtatious and sexual conversations” with associates over WhatsApp to return to the conclusion that she “can’t be referred to as a reliable or dependable witness”.

By the way, the holiday bench of the Bombay Excessive Court in Goa, which has been approached by the state towards the acquittal order which it referred to as “very astonishing” and “misguided in legislation”, has directed the trial court to redact references within the judgment which will disclose the woman’s identification.

ASJ Joshi, who stated the prosecution had didn’t show the fees, talked about a number of instances in her order why the court couldn’t imagine the woman who accused Tejpal of sexually assaulting her in an elevator of a lodge in Goa on November 7 and eight, 2013.

The court noticed that the woman “twists and manipulates” the reality, that it’s “tough to imagine that the prosecutrix (woman) is a truthful and dependable witness”, that she “sometimes gave extremely evasive solutions”, that she “needs to cover one thing and she or he can’t be referred to as a reliable and dependable witness”, and that her statements of being in shock and trauma after the incident had been “totally unbelievable”.

The woman, the court stated, had a “extremely handy reminiscence – which fails to perform at essential instances, each time proof on the contrary is produced”.

She had moved the Excessive Court contending that her telephone was getting used to sexually humiliate her by mentioning private particulars and had refused to share the content material of her electronic mail account as a result of as a working journalist, her electronic mail contained delicate data that might compromise her sources.

This, the court stated, “reveals that the prosecutrix needs to cover one thing and she or he can’t be referred to as a reliable or dependable witness”.

A defence witness, who the woman was earlier in a relationship with, the court stated “demolishes” her model that she didn’t inform him concerning the alleged sexual assault when she got here out of the elevator as a result of she was underneath shock and trauma. It was this witness’s proof that the court stated “wholly establishes and affirms the defence of the accused that no matter transpired between the accused and the prosecutrix on the evening of seven/11/2013 was simply drunken banter”.

Not mentioning the sexual assault to this witness who was the primary to satisfy her after popping out of the elevator, the court stated, was a “blatant try and obfuscate the reality about her relationship”.

“She knew that he knew her intimately in ways in which others didn’t and his testimony would falsify her claims. She twists and manipulates the reality by trying to considerably understate the intimacy of their relationship,” it stated.

The prosecution had cited the Supreme Court’s 1996 observations in State of Punjab Vs Gurmit Singh and others through which it stated: “Even when the prosecutrix, in a given case, has been promiscuous in her sexual behaviour earlier, she has the fitting to refuse to submit herself to sexual activity to anybody and everybody as a result of she just isn’t a susceptible object or prey for being sexually assaulted by anybody and everybody”. The Supreme Court had additionally stated that searching for corroboration of the sufferer’s assertion earlier than relying on it, as a rule, quantities to including insult to harm.

The court additionally recorded that the woman’s chat with a defence witness had been referred to solely to indicate that she was mendacity and never for proving her character.

In the course of the trial, the woman was additionally requested if she “indulges in dialog containing sexual overtones” with associates, she had stated she didn’t know the way to reply that question. However the court took notice that “hundreds of WhatsApp chats/messages within the cell of the prosecutrix… present evident proof of the prosecutrix’s dialog with a variety of individuals”.

“The messaging report reveals that it was completely the norm for the prosecutrix to have such flirtatious and sexual dialog with associates and acquaintances. Due to this fact, the WhatsApp chat of the prosecutrix and her propensity to bask in sexual dialog with associates and acquaintances, in addition to her admission that the accused was speaking about intercourse as a result of that’s what the accused often selected to talk to her about sadly by no means her work, proves that the accused and the prosecutrix had a flirtatious dialog on the evening of seven/11/2013.”

The judgment data an in depth account given by a defence witness of the woman’s sexual encounter with one other man on the similar occasion organised the earlier 12 months in 2012. The court recorded the objections raised by the prosecution however stated that the witness was deposing to details that had been related in deciding the primary concern and to not show the woman’s character or consent.

Together with an outline of the woman’s gown on the time of the incident, its size, the size of its lining, the sort of undergarment she wore additionally discover point out within the judgment.

The woman had claimed that she had pleaded with the accused to cease when he began sexually harassing her within the elevator nevertheless it was like “speaking to a deaf particular person”. The court additionally stated that the prosecution had established that Tejpal was able of authority or dominance over the woman. She was then a journalist working within the organisation through which Tejpal was editor-in-chief.

Nevertheless, the court was not satisfied with the woman’s declare that she had tried to withstand Tejpal’s advances. The absence of accidents or scratches on her or Tejpal and no tears in her garments couldn’t show that there was resistance on her half.

“It is a narrative of utmost implausibility and it’s not attainable to imagine that the prosecutrix, a woman who’s conscious of legal guidelines, clever, alert and bodily match (yoga coach), wouldn’t push or keep at bay the accused if she acquired pushed up towards the wall, particularly when she was dealing with him and particularly when she noticed him coming uncomfortably near her in her personal area,” it stated.

Observing that there have been “materials contradictions” within the sufferer’s electronic mail to a senior colleague and her assertion earlier than a Justice of the Peace, the choose stated, “Such evident contradictions can’t be anticipated from educated journalist like (the woman) and forces the court to not imagine the incident of rape.”

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