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The fall of a fine journalist called 'Shoma Chaudhary' after the fall of Tehelka's Tejpal
Recently, in an event Shoma Chaudhary, the feisty and the activist journalist said that 90 per cent of rapes happen inside our homes. After that same event, a girl was so impressed that she took to twitter and tweeted, 'WOW! I want to be Shoma Chaudhury when I grow up #quanda.'

Every time Shoma speaks on any platform, she makes her point and more than that convinces the opposite person or people because her words has conviction and thought behind it. The same seemed to be missing in the fresh Tehelka controversy, when she said that Tarun Tejpal's conduct and whatever followed thereafter is an 'internal affair' of the organisation.

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After the outbreak of the controversy, Shoma Choudhury in a mail directed to the entire Tehelka team wrote, "Tehelka is an institution he (Tarun Tejpal) has built, and which many journalists both current and former, have contributed to in the most profound ways. Throughout our 13-year career, we have proudly articulated and tried to live by the highest standards."

She added, "We have also believed that when there is a mistake or lapse of any kind, one can only respond with right thought and action. In keeping with this stated principle, and the collective values we live by, Tarun will be stepping down for the period mentioned. This is a hard time for all of us, and I hope all of you will stand by the institution."

The mail was not officially made public by Tehelka, but her last statement states clearly that ideals were just that, now is the time to stand by your boss.

It is most unfortunate because Shoma Chaudhury is one of the finest journalist of our times. Tejpal says that it was a 'lapse in judgment,' but can a lapse happen more than once? The story is of wielding professional clout to harass in the workplace and should be taken thus. It is not an internal affair, as termed by Chaudhury, but a brushing off the matter under the carpet.

Can we categorize every harassment inside the four walls of a house as an internal affair? Or, every husband beating up a wife has every right to do it as they are family??

It is not mere a controversy, but an act opposite to what Tehelka profess and it takes away the credibility of both Tejpal as well as Chaudhury.

Twitter is as disappointed with Chaudhury as everyone else. Expressing her views, a twitterati said, "I am completely distraught by @ShomaChaudhury's email and her response to IE (Indian Express). Dear Shoma, Please don't talk about gender rights ever again."

On the same lines, another said, "Rarely have I been as horrified by anything as by Tejpal's email and Shoma Choudhary's accompanying mail. Disgusted to my core."

This controversy marks the fall of a fine journalist and a woman, who was strong and known for her integrity. Begging pardon for being judgmental, but the incident speaks of an individual not doing everything in her power to help a colleague.

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