Even as BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi denied posting the last name of the victim of the sexual assault case involving Tehelka founder Tarun Tejpal on her Twitter page, the National Commission for Women sought an explanation from her.
“We have sought an explanation from Lekhi on why she has revealed the surname of the victim. She is a responsible person, and if a person like her makes a mistake like this, it is very unfortunate,” NCW member Shamina Shafiq, who is also the commission’s in-charge for Goa, said.
The commission asked Lekhi to file her reply within 25 hours. Revealing identity of the victim in such cases is punishable under Section 228A of IPC, Shafiq said. “The NCW will take action against this.”
However, Lekhi said, “I never made any statement at the first place as I am well aware of the consequences... Someone created my impersonated picture and account and posted tweets after hacking my account.”
She said she had sent a complaint to the police as well as to microblogging website Twitter.
“My Facebook and my Gmail account had also been hacked recently and the hacker tagged some controversial tweets to Rajdeep Sardesai and Barkha Dutt naming Mr. Advani,” she added.
Congress’ women’s wing chief Shobha Oza said, “Lekhi is a senior leader, a woman, and above all a lawyer. She exposed the aggrieved journalist’s last name on her Twitter page, and should be punished.”