Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) president Thol Thirumavalavan has said that it seemed that Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit was going "beyond his purview" in the sex-for-marks scam incolving disgraced Virudhunagar-based math professor Nirmala Devi.
The derogatory post on women journalists titled "Madurai University, Governor and the Virgin Cheeks of a Girl" which has now been deleted claimed that a woman can not become a reporter or news reader without sleeping with bigwigs. 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).
Also, no matter how tenderly paternal he felt towards her, they were present at an official event in the capacity of the state's governor and a journalist, clearly not an occasion to exercise grandfatherly impulses.
Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit on Tuesday patted on the cheek of a senior woman journalist after which he became the eye of the storm among journalists. But when you read her tweets, it is understood that her intention was to target the Governor and Modi. Still not able to rid of it.
The "patting" incident triggered outrage, with Tamil Nadu journalists writing to the governor.
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The Governor in his apology has stated that he meant the pat on the cheek only as an act of appreciation for the journalist's question. I gave a pat on your cheek considering you to be like my granddaughter.
Some 200 journalists sent a signed letter to the governor demanding an apology, while the Chennai Press Club and the Network of Women in Media, India condemned his action.
Almost 200 journalists have also written to the Governor, demanding an apology for "harassing" the reporter and an assurance that he will not violate the rights of journalists in the future.
The video showing the governor patting the woman journalist's cheek soon went viral. And when he got up from his chair, a TV reporter quickly managed to grab his attention and asked him about how much progress he had in learning Tamil. Leader of Opposition MK Stalin retweeted within three hours, saying it was not just "unfortunate" but "unbecoming" of someone holding a constitutional post.
Meanwhile, Nirmala Devi's advocate Balasubramanian told journalists he met her in the prison where, he claimed, she told him that she feared for her life as the atmosphere there was "unusual and strange".