Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit pats lady journalist on cheek, sparks controversy

CHENNAI: Even as he was parrying questions on allegations linking him to an audio tape purportedly that of a college assistant professor asking some students to offer sexual favours to higher officials, governor Banwarilal found himself in another controversy on Tuesday.
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Lakshmi Subramanian, a woman journalist, present at a press meet convened by the governor at the on Tuesday evening, said she was shocked at Purohit patting her on her cheek.

Soon after the meet, the journalist tweeted: “I asked Governor Purohit a question as his press conference was ending. He decided to patronisingly — and without consent — pat me on the cheek as a reply.”

MP was quick to react, tweeting, “Even if the intention is above suspicion, a person who holds 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.”

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