Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit pats woman journalist on cheek, faces flak

Journalist Lakshmi Subramanian tweeted a picture of herself being patted on the cheek by the Tamil Nadu Governor minutes after a press conference by him at Raj Bhavan.

Published: 18th April 2018 08:39 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th April 2018 12:45 PM   |  A+A-

The photo of journalist Lakshmi Subramanian being patted on the cheek by TN Governor Banwarilal Purohit, which went viral. (Twitter | Lakshmi Subramanian)

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: Journalist Lakshmi Subramanian, on Tuesday, tweeted a picture of herself being patted on the cheek by the Tamil Nadu Governor minutes after a press conference by him at Raj Bhavan.

In the tweet that began gaining traction almost immediately after it was posted, Lakshmi wrote, "I asked TN Governor Banwarilal Purohit a question as his press conference was ending. He decided to patronisingly – and without consent – pat me on the cheek as a reply."

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Two hours after the tweet was put out, it had already been retweeted over a thousand times, setting off hashtags such as #DontTouchMeGovernor trending.

Speaking to Express, Lakshmi said the pat was in response to her question on who the Governor’s Tamil teacher was. "It was a few minutes after the press conference ended and everyone had began to walk out. Another reporter asked him what level his Tamil had progressed to since he said he was learning the language. As an extension, I asked him who his Tamil teacher was," she said. She added that the Governor did not answer some of her questions on the university’s actions.

While many Twitter users expressed outrage, some defended the governor, pointing out that it may have been unintentional.

Top DMK leaders MK Stalin and Kanimozhi condemned the Governer's actions.

"It is unfortunate and is definitely not something befitting a person holding a public office," Stalin said in a tweet.

On the other hand, Kanimozhi tweeted saying, "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."

(With inputs from Online Desk)


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