A complaint has been filed against popular singer Angarag 'Papon' Mahanta with the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor.
The alleged criminal act has been caught on video and has gone viral online. In the video, Papon can be seen kissing a minor girl who is believed to be a contestant of the show ‘The Voice India Kids’ which is being mentored by the singer. The video was originally posted on Papon’s official Facebook page on February 20.
Runa Bhuyan, a Supreme Court advocate, filed the complaint against Papon and slammed the singer for the ‘horrific’ act and said the way he behaved was ‘very offensive’.
Runa Bhuyan, in the complaint, said that he is shocked to see the behaviour of the said singer Angarag Papon Mahanta towards a minor girl where he is seen to be applying colours on a minor girl and inappropriately kissing the said girl. On seeing the video, the advocate voiced his serious concern regarding the safety and security of minor girls participating in reality shows across India.
Here is the full complaint filed by Bhuyan:
The incident has triggered nationwide outrage against the singer. Here are some reactions on Twitter:
Meanwhile, shockingly, a fan club of the singer reportedly filed an FIR against 40 people for defaming the artist.
Papon is known for his hit songs like ‘Moh Moh Ke Dhaage’ from 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha', ‘Bulleya’ from 'Ae Dilhai Mushkil', ‘Tu Jo Mila’ from 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan', and ‘Jiyein Kyun’ from the film 'Dum Maaro Dum' among others.
The alleged show at which the incident occurred is a reality TV show which is judged by musicians like Shaan, Himesh Reshammiya, Palak Muchhal and the accused Papon.
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