Controversy
S Ve Shekher shared a derogatory post that claimed women journalists sleep around to get jobs, and therefore they shouldn't complain about a 'light touch'.

Following Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit's apology to a woman journalist for patting her cheek without consent, a derogatory post shared by Bharatiya Janata Party leader S Ve Shekher against women mediapersons in the state has triggered massive outrage.

On Thursday, S Ve Shekher shared a Facebook post written by Thirumalai Sa., which didn’t name the journalist in the incident. However, the headline of the post, which read ‘Madurai University, the Governor and a virgin girl’s cheek’ was S Ve Shekher’s own.

Several members of the media fraternity as well as senior political representatives have slammed the sexist post on social media.

Without naming the woman journalist in the incident, the post read: "I feel pity while looking at that woman journalist. She claims she was disturbed because the governor touched her. But when you read her tweets, it is understood that her intention was to target the Governor and Modi. It is actually the governor who has to wash his hands with Phenoyl after touching her. These (TN media persons) are cheap and disgusting creatures. Most people who work in the media in TN are usually  Illiterate, cheap and don't have any general knowledge. This woman is not any different."

The post also went on to accuse all women journalists in Tamil Nadu of sleeping around.

"Recently this disgusting fact has come out through complaints that women cannot become reporters or anchors unless they sleep with top bosses. And with these faces, they come out to ask questions to the governor," the post stated.

The post was deleted following the furore it sparked, but not before several members of the media fraternity took to Twitter to condemn the post and Shekher.

The post shared by Shekher, which justified the Governor's action, stated that it was a part of “north Indian culture to hug” and "affectionately touch and bless people". It also openly targeted the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.

"The functionaries of a dravidian party which has committed a thousand atrocities are now depicting a man whom lightly touched a woman's cheek as some kind of a lustful villain," stated the post.

Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi too flayed this post.

Earlier this week, BJP leader H Raja's post on Kanimozhi calling her an illegitimate child saw reactions slamming Raja, including from  state president Tamilisai Soundararajan.