Are there any documented stories or cases of non-sexual friendship between men and women in Hindu scripture?

For reference, the Kama Sutra says sex with female friends is prohibited: enter image description here

Then, here is how it defines friendship:

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So, can we find any boy-girl friendships in the Puranas, Itihasas, Vedas, etc?

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    Krishna used to call Draupdi Sakhi. Both were perhaps friends .
    – river
    Aug 1, 2022 at 15:25
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    @river Can you provide a verse where he says that?
    – Ikshvaku
    Aug 1, 2022 at 16:21
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    There are multiple . One is here
    – river
    Aug 1, 2022 at 16:54
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    @river It's from the kama sutra.
    – Ikshvaku
    Aug 1, 2022 at 22:33
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    The gopīs are also considered sakhis (friends) of Kr̥ṣṇa however that's a dodgy topic, because in some texts they seem to have sexual or romantic relations with Kr̥ṣṇa as well. So, I wouldn't consider that platonic friendship. It was rare to have platonic friendship among opposite genders in olden times, merely because of misogynism and patriarchy, women rarely interacted with men as equals unless in households as their mother, sisters or wives. And those that did interact, often ended up developing romantic relationships. Platonic male-female friendships are rare cases.
    – Bingming
    Dec 25, 2022 at 9:16


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