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BJP’s Shekher apologises for ‘unintentional’ Facebook post on journalists

The Tamil Nadu actor-turned-politician said he had shared the Facebook post without reading it’s content and thus was unaware of its offensive content.

india Updated: Apr 20, 2018 19:24 IST
Press Trust of India, Chennai
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S Ve Shekher later removed the derogatory post against women scribes after an outrage.(Twitter/@SVESHEKHER)

Under fire from journalists for a Facebook post he shared, actor-turned-BJP politician S Ve Shekher on Friday apologised, saying he had forwarded the post “without reading” the content.

The message was forwarded “without reading the content, by mistake... was unintentional”, he said.

“When it was pointed out by a friend that the content was abusive, it was removed immediately,” he said in a statement.

Shekher courted controversy when he shared the derogatory post against the media, especially women journalists, drawing criticism from various quarters.

The Facebook post was reportedly shared on Thursday, but was removed later. It makes insinuations against the media and women journalists in light of the “patgate” row involving Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit.

The 78-year-old governor had patted the cheek of a woman journalist earlier this week during the conclusion of a press meet in Chennai, apparently to diplomatically avoid queries posed by her.

The incident had triggered a furore with political parties, including the opposition DMK, calling for his removal as Tamil Nadu governor.

Purohit later apologised to the woman scribe.

Shekher’s shared post also had some caustic references to the woman journalist whose cheek the governor patted.

These drew instant condemnation, with a number of journalists lashing out at his post, which was found removed later.

In his statement, the actor-politician said he does not endorse the views expressed in the post he shared.

The Chennai Union of Journalists denounced Shekher over the post, with many journalists taking to Twitter and Facebook to express their anger.

“I come from a family that respects women and women journalists. If I had hurt anyone in the very few minutes of (sharing) that post... it was not on purpose and (I express) my heartfelt apologies,” he said.

Shekher, however, said he was “surprised” to find some people circulated the screenshots of the post without finding them offensive.

Meanwhile, some persons have also filed a police complaint against Shekher.

First Published: Apr 20, 2018 19:23 IST