The National Commission for Women has approached Mumbai police seeking protection for the Tehelka woman journalist who has accused its editor Tarun Tejpal of sexual assault and claimed that her family was being pressurised to protect him.
The request seeking protection was made Saturday after the victim made a statement suggesting she and her family were being intimidated and pressurised to "protect" Tejpal.
According to a senior crime branch official, a member of the commission (NCW) approached Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy Saturday night and requested him to provide protection to the victim who, as per her complaint letter, shifted to Mumbai over a year ago.
"We have assured that if the victim expresses any apprehension, we are ready to provide adequate protection," official said.
The victim, in her statement released Saturday, had also requested all persons connected to Tejpal and his associates to refrain from approaching her or her family members.