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TN actor-politician courts controversy with remarks against women scribes

BJP leader’s comments came in the wake of ‘patgate’ involving governor Banwarilal Purohit who patted the cheek of a woman journalist during a press conference earlier this week.

tamil-nadu Updated: Apr 20, 2018 14:36 IST

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S Ve Shekher later removed the derogatory post against women scribes after an outrage.
S Ve Shekher later removed the derogatory post against women scribes after an outrage.(Twitter/@SVESHEKHER)

Actor-turned-BJP politician S Ve Shekher has stoked a controversy with his derogatory remarks about the media and in particular against women scribes, drawing the ire of journalists.

His shared Facebook post, reportedly put out on Thursday but later found removed, makes insinuations against the media and women journalists in light of the ‘patgate’ involving Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit.

The 78-year-old governor had patted on 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 scribe whose cheek the governor patted.

These drew instant condemnation, with a number of individual journalists lashing out at his post, which was later found removed. The Chennai Union of Journalists criticised Shekher for the post, with many journalists also taking to Twitter and Facebook to condemn him.

First Published: Apr 20, 2018 14:33 IST

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