The country on Friday woke up to the news of a new controversy brewing in the TV industry. However, it was no breakup or celebrity marriage, but rather a Supreme Court case charge against a reality TV show judge for molesting a minor from their show.
Supreme Court Lawyer Runa Bhayan filed a complaint against singer and reality TV show judge Papon for kissing a minor girl. The lawyer put forward a video, from the Facebook live the kids with their mentors did, in which the entire incident can easily be seen. The singer is seen celebrating Holi with the contestants of the TV reality show. Towards the end of the video, he kisses a minor girl after applying colours on her face. The complaint has been filed with the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and it states that singer has committed “sexual assault on the minor girl”.
Here the copy of the complaint filed by the lawyer.
In the complain, Runa has requested “an inquiry under section 7 and 8 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offence Act, 2012.”
The story took a sharp u-turn as soon as the official statement from the father of the minor came out. In his statement, the father said, “Papon sir is a mentor and a father figure to my daughter and has always encouraged her to pursue her dreams. He doesn’t differentiate amongst the children who are here and gives them equal guidance on pursuing their dreams. What you saw in the video is not intentional. It was just a moment of affection that is being portrayed otherwise,” as reported by The Indian Express.
Along with the father, even the TV channel, that telecasts the show, came forward with their statement on the complaint and issue. However, their stance was completely opposite to that of the father.
Papon’s lawyer has a completely different stance on the entire issue. While talking about the Papon controversy on Times Now, the lawyer said, “#Papon gave a peck on the girl’s lips, it is guru-shishya parampara, what is wrong in that?? Consent of child is not important.”
Papon has also released a statement over the entire controversy.
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Papon is a widely known singer in the industry, and has also been the voice behind songs like, “Moh moh ke dhage” from the film Dum Laga Ke Haisha, “Sun le re” and “Khudse” from the movie Madras Cafe and “Jiyein kyun” from the movie Dum Maro Dum among others.