New anti-rape law draconian: Tejpal's lawyer

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 29, 2013 18:34 hrs

Panaji: Defence counsel Geeta Luthra told the court that the new anti-rape law was draconian and that the first email sent by the victim to Shoma Chaudhury, then the magazine's managing editor, complaining of sexual assault was an "afterthought" and done with "vested interests".

Luthra also accused the victim of fabricating the complaint, which "was far from the truth".

"Journalists can write well with embellishments," the defence argued, claiming that the victim was hanging out at the resort's bar and even strolling on the beach with friends after the incident, which occurred earlier this monh during the magazine Thinkfest literary festival.

"If she was so devastated and in trouble, why was she behaving normally after the incident that she claims happened," Luthra asked.

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