The journalist had on Twitter said, it was “completely uncalled for to touch a stranger without her consent, especially a woman”. She had also sent an email to the Governor voicing her discomfort.
The Governor issued an apology to her responding to her mail, saying that he had patted her cheek considering her to be his “granddaughter”. “I considered that question to be a good one. Therefore, as an act of appreciation for the question you posed, I gave a pat on your cheek considering you to be like my granddaughter.” Expressing his regret over the incident, Purohit tendered an apology for hurting the sentiments of the journalist.
The woman journalist who works with an English magazine accepted the apology but stated that she was not convinced with his explanation. “I accept your apology, even though I am not convinced about your contention that you did it to appreciate a question I asked,” she wrote on Twitter.
Journalists got together and drafted a letter reminding the governor that what he has done was a non-bailable criminal offence. “As the Constitutional head of our state of Tamil Nadu, you have crossed the lines of not just basic courtesy but also those of law,” a letter collectively written by the journalists to the governor said.
“Even if your gesture is paternal in nature, touching a lady without her consent is a crime under the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act, 1998,” the letter further stated.