Dailybhaskar.com | Last Modified - Nov 21, 2013, 08:37 PM IST
New Delhi: Facing a battery of questions from the media over the alleged sexual assault case against Tehelka's Editor-in-Chief Tarun Tejpal, the magazine's Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhury on Thursday said neither she nor Tejpal or Tehelka was a fugitive and that she needed to address all issues before ‘acting correctly’ on the incident.
"I want to address the issues that have been raised, please give me a chance to do it in a decent way. I am from the fraternity and understand the need for transparency but I do need the time to act correctly on it.
“(If) I can't I'll falter, the institution will falter. If you put this amount of pressure to get an immediate reaction on this. It is difficult situation. I will address all the real questions and issues that are raised. Do need the time to prioritise it," she said.
"The way these letters are leaked, I am not being able to act in a measured way I would like to."
Asking journalists to let her act "correctly", Chaudhury said and added that she understood their questions. "I am going to office to first speak to the office, that is my priority," She said.
When asked her response as a woman, she said that "Being a woman and a journalist are not two different things."
"I am from the fraternity; I understand the need for transparency. I do need the time to act correctly on it, if you put pressure to get immediate answers it is a difficult situation, I will address all issues and questions that are being raised, please give me time. I need to get the victim's correct statement, gather facts to know how these letters are being leaked, I will speak to all media channels, please give me time to act," Chaudhury said.
Chadhury, whose statements on the issue has attracted criticism from women activists and senior journalists who have demanded that law take its course in the incident, merely said today that she wanted time to act "correctly" on it.
Again when confronted by reporters, Chaudhury said her priority was for the aggrieved journalist and "I am driven by what she wants.
"My understanding is she wanted an apology and it was given to her. He (Tejpal) stepped down. It was something she had not asked for. It was much more than what she wanted," she said.
Chaudhury said that they were in the process of setting up a three-member committee to go into the incident.
Asked by a reporter whether Tejpal will face law as it was a criminal case, she said "it is not a case, sir, unless you know more about it than I do."