Meenakshi Lekhi accused of revealing Tehelka victim's name

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New Delhi, Dec 1: The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Saturday sought an explanation from BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi for allegedly taking the name of the woman journalist who accused Tehelka's former editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal of sexually assaulting her inside a hotel elevator in Goa on November 7 and 8.

Lekhi allegedly revealed a part of the journalist's name on Twitter.

A NCW member said they have asked Lekhi why she revealed the woman's name and regretted that a "responsible" person like Lekhi made such a "mistake".

Lekhi was given 24 hours time to reply. Divulging the identity of a victim in such cases can be punished under Section 228A of the Indian Penal Code.

Lekhi said it was a concerted effort to malign her

The BJP spokesperson, however, rubbished the allegations and counter-charged that somebody had misused her mobile phone while it was left unattended in a car. She also accused the NCW of acting like a tool of the Congress and not towards protecting the victims of heinous crimes like rape. Lekhi said it was a deliberate attempt to malign her for a tweet that existed in her account for a few moments.

Lekhi said her email account, including the Facebook one, has been hacked. She, however, hasn't lodged any police complaint, saying as a lawyer she knows nothing happens and hence didn't bother to file a complaint.

The BJP spokesperson also suspected that the entire episode was a deliberate ploy. She said the media didn't report when she worked towards freedom of the press during the Delhi gangrape case.

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