Tamil Nadu Governor Sparked Controversy After Patting Cheek Of Female Journalist Without Consent, Later Apologised

1:11 pm 18 Apr, 2018


Banwarilal Purohit is an Indian politician and present governor of Tamil Nadu. Also, owner and editor of a popular regional newspaper, he has created a profound career for himself over years.



Recently, during a press conference to announce a probe into the alleged ‘sex for degrees’ scandal at the Madurai Kamaraj University, he patted the check of a senior journalist that landed him in middle of controversy.


Lakshmi Subramanian, a well-known senior reporter of a weekly magazine is the person in question. She tweeted the incident soon after it happened and raised a crucial question about consent. Here’s the tweet:




Later she added that the feeling of the incident stayed with her even after washing her face several times. This is what she tweeted:



The post went viral rapidly while drawing supportive and criticizing reactions from the users. Some claimed that there is a difference between ‘good touch’ and ‘bad touch’. In case the journalist felt it was a ‘bad touch’, she should have protested when it happened. Here’s what they conveyed:









Others pointed out that despite the difference in touch, there is an aspect called consent. No one, even without malicious intentions, has the right to touch someone without her or his consent. This is how the users reacted:








The journalist also gained support from DMK Rajya Sabha MP K. Kanimozhi. She tweeted:



Lakshmi Subramanian demanded a formal apology from the Governor. The government finally spoke on the matter with a formal apology letter. The letter was tweeted by her. It read:


However, Tweeple weren’t happy with the caption she used, hence slammed her saying that she is blowing the situation out of proportion. Here are some of the tweets:








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