Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit lands in soup for patting woman journalist’s cheek
Chennai: Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, 78, landed in a controversy when he patted the cheek of a woman journalist to parry a question at a press conference called at Raj Bhawan. At the press meet, he denied any link with a woman professor, who allegedly lured four girl students to offer sexual favours to top officials in Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU).
The incident has evoked a strong response from political parties and journalists fraternity.
The woman journalist, working with a leading English magazine said in her tweet, “I asked TN Governor Banwarilal Purohit a question as his press conference was ending. Did he decide to patronisingly? and without consent? pat me on the cheek as a reply (sic).”
The journalist, Lakshmi Subramanian further said, “Here is what I have to say his Excellency Governor Mr Banwarilal Purohit… so agitated… Mr Purohit. it might be an act of appreciation by you and grandfatherly attitude, but to me, you are wrong (sic).”
She further said it was unprofessional behaviour and completely uncalled for to touch a stranger without consent.
The incident evoked a strong reaction from the political party leader. DMK Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi tweeted “even if the intention is above suspicion, a person who holds a public office has to understand that there is a decorum to it and violating a woman journalist’s personal space does not reflect the dignity or the respect which should be shown to any human being.”
“It is not only unfortunate but unbecoming of a person holding a constitutional post,” DMK working president MK Stalin said on his Twitter handle.
Meanwhile, a group of journalists in Tamil Nadu has criticised the Governor for patting the cheek of the woman reporter.
In a letter addressed to him late on Tuesday night, the journalists have demanded that he should issue an unconditional apology, said the media reports.