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Tarun Tejpal’s gaming of legal system shows why #MeToo doesn’t believe in due process

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12.10.2018

Five years after Tejpal was booked, he manages to keep stalling the case. No wonder women are disillusioned with the due process.

The raging #MeToo movement in India has many problems with it, just as it has been problematic in the US and elsewhere. The biggest problem is that it seeks to name and shame, destroy reputation and careers, without a due process.

The absence of a due legal process makes it open to misuse, and then there’s distinction denial. From an uncomfortable proposition to a rape, everything seems to be clubbed together. The punishment seems to be the same. It’s all getting muddled, and there seem to be more questions than answers.

Yet, it’s unfair to blame #MeToo for undermining due process because the due process has been undermined by the law itself. The law, as they say, is an ass.

Also read: #MeToo in India should not forgive women who enable patriarchy and rape culture

After the turning point of Nirbhaya in December 2012, everyone including the judiciary agreed there was a need for speedy justice in cases of rape. Laws pertaining to sexual harassment were strengthened. The Supreme Court’s Vishakha guidelines were formalised into a law on sexual harassment at workplace.

And yet, for all this movement, the law remains an ass. On 30 November 2013, Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal was arrested on charges of rape. Five years later, the trial in his........

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