Tehelka case: This is `Nirbhaya Moment` of Indian media, says Derek O`Brien

Trinamool Congress (TMC) vice president and Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha, Derek O`Brien, on Friday termed sexual assault case involving Telhelka editor-in-chief editor Tarun Tejpal "as the `Nirbhaya Moment` of the media".

ANI| Updated: Nov 22, 2013, 15:27 PM IST

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress (TMC) vice president and Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha, Derek O`Brien, on Friday termed sexual assault case involving Telhelka editor-in-chief editor Tarun Tejpal "as the `Nirbhaya Moment` of the media".

"It is a matter of very serious concern. This is called men in power indulging in disgraceful conduct, and, then using sanctimonious letters to cover it all up," he said.

He expressed appreciation for the media for standing up against one of their own.

"This case is a `Nirbhaya Moment` for the Indian media."

"It is a criminal act, but, I am sure, justice will be done. Now, more women will stand up against these shameful crimes," he added.

Tejpal, on Wednesday, sent a letter to Chaudhary, saying that he was stepping aside from his job for six months, and was squarely to be blamed for the sexual misconduct incident.

He further said that it was a bad lapse of judgment on his part, and that he had completely misread the situation.

He said that he has apologised unconditionally to the concerned journalist, but felt that he needed to atone for his misconduct further.

Tejpal, who is a founder member of the Tehelka magazine, said that he was stepping aside as an act of penance.