High-profile rape acquittal in India sparks criticisms over stereotyping of victims

Mr Tarun Tejpal was accused of raping, wrongfully confining and sexually harassing the woman.
Mr Tarun Tejpal was accused of raping, wrongfully confining and sexually harassing the woman.PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI - When a young female journalist accused well-known publisher and journalist Tarun Tejpal of rape and sexual harassment in 2013, it was a sensational case that grabbed headlines not just in India but internationally as well.

Mr Tejpal was the founder of Tehelka Magazine, where he encouraged investigations based on sting operations, including one that led to the resignation in 2001 of a defence minister.

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