A Tamil Nadu BJP leader’s extraordinary Facebook post that he shared on his page has said that journalists could not become reporters or anchors without sleeping with big shots. S VE Shekher Venkataraman criticised the woman journalists, who Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit had recently touched inappropriately when he was asked about his alleged role in the ‘sex for degree’ scandal.
Amidst huge outrage, Venkataraman has been forced to delete his post by issuing an apology. His original post had said, “Recent complaints show they (journalists) can’t become reporters or anchors without sleeping with big shots…Uneducated stupid ugly beings… largely in Tamil Nadu media. This woman is no exception.”
The Tamil Nadu BJP leader also went on to rant that the protest by the woman journalist, Lakshmi Subramanian, was primarily to “defame the governor and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.” He added that “More than universities, sex abuse is rampant in the media. It’s these people who question the Governor.”
Venkataraman then advised Governor Purohit to wash his hands with phenyl since he had touched the journalist. This was in response to the journalist’s tweet, which had read, “Washed my face several times. Still not able to get rid of it. So agitated and angered Mr Governor Banwarilal Purohit.”
Governor Purohit had later issued an apology with a bizarre justification. He had said, “I considered (your) question to be a good one. Therefore, as an act of appreciation for the question that you had posed, I gave a pat on your cheek considering you to be like my granddaughter.”
The journalist had said that she accepted his apology even though she was unconvinced by his ‘grandfatherly’ claim.
Tamil Nadu was rocked by a sex scandal after a woman professor was arrested for luring her students with financial and academic incentives for sleeping with people. She made the reference to Purohit several times in the leaked audio conversation.
Nirmala Devi of Devanga Arts College had allegedly promised to reward her students financially and academically if they agreed to extend sexual favours. The 46-year-old professor said that she was doing so on behalf of officials of the Madurai Kamaraj University. She had also claimed to know the governor, who is the chancellor of Madurai Kamaraj University.