Chennai, April 20: Journalists here staged a protest outside the state office of the BJP on Friday against party leader S Ve Shekhar’s derogatory social media post against women scribes. Though Shekhar had gone on to delete his post, claiming that he had forwarded the post without going through it in its entirety, the damage had been done. He said, “I come from a family that respects women and women journalists. If I had hurt in the very few minutes of that post, it was not on purpose and my heartfelt apology,” quotes The Times of India.
The post in question was titled, “Madurai University, the Governor, and Virgin Cheeks of a Girl”. It claimed that there were more instances of sexual abuse in media houses than in universities. It also alleged that a woman can become a reporter or a news reader only after sleeping around. It was probably in reaction to a woman journalist taking umbrage to Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit patting her on the cheek at a press conference. Purohit went on to apologise to the journalist.
“This ugly truth has come out through the complaints raised recently. These are the (using a derogatory word) women who have come out to question the Governor. Media people are the cheap, lowly, ugly, vulgar beings of Tamil Nadu. There are only few exceptions. I respect only them. Otherwise, the whole of TN media is in a regressive path caught in the hands of criminals, rascals, blackmailers,” The Indian Express quotes the post. When the newspaper contacted him, Shekhar reportedly said he had realised his folly but just couldn’t delete the post as his account was blocked for a day. The post began with “From Thirumalai S.” who Shekhar claimed was a “strong BJP supporter”. He said he had met the man in the US.