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MUMBAI: It is time for the Hindutva morality brigade to settle score with Tehelka editors Tarun Tejpal and Shoma Choudhury after the former’s detention on charges of sexually molesting a junior colleague.
When the Shriram Sene had opposed pub culture and celebrations of Valentine’s Day in Karnataka last year, Shoma Choudhury had urged young girls to send `pink undergarments’ to the Shriram Sene.
Now, with Tejpal and Shoma in the moral dock, the leaders of the Shriram Sene on Wednesday sent a copy of Bhagavad Gita to Tejpal who is locked up in Panaji and courier a copy to Shoma Choudhury to teach them moral lessons.
Gangadhar Kulkarni, president-designate of the Goa unit of the Shriram Sene who sent the copies of the Gita to the two journalists, told a conference in Panaji, “We are presenting the holy book as a gift to Tejpal to teach him the importance of Hindu culture. Bhagavad Gita is a symbol of Hindu culture. Shriram Sene feels that by at least reading the Bhagwat Gita, there will reformation in him.’’
Taking a dig at Shoma Choudhury for urging girls to send `pink undergarments’ to the Shriram Sene for opposing western culture, Kulkarni said, “Culture of such western-oriented people has been fully revealed now.’’
Tejpal is in a six-day police remand in Panaji for the alleged sexual assault on the junior journalist on Nov 7-8 at Tehelka’s `Thinkfest’ in Goa. His deputy Shoma Choudhury, who quit as executive editor last week after allegations of cover-up against her, has been asked to record her statement in the case.
Three other Tehelka journalists – Ishan Tankha, Shougat Dasgupta and G Vishnu – who too quit last week, has also been asked to record their statements.
Tejpal has also been put through potency tests.