Complaint against Papon: Singer Angarag Mahanta or as we know him Papon wouldn’t have thought in his wildest of dreams that a live facebook video could be a threat to his career. Papon currently Judges the children singing reality show Voice of India Kids
The controversy started when Papon was celebrating Holi with the participants of the show. He was sharing the video live on his Facebook Account. The Bulleya singer applied gulaal on one of the minor female participants and allegedly kissed her forcefully on the lips. Shot in the vanity van, the participants of the reality show are seen playing Holi.
As per reports a supreme court lawyer Runa Bhuyan has filed a complaint with the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights after he came across the video. Booked under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, the singer
In an interview with india.com the lawyer spoke about his worry towards the safety minor girls in reality shows.
“I am shocked to see the behaviour of the said singer Angarag Papon Mahanta towards a minor girl where he is seen to be applying colours to a minor girl and inappropriately kissing the said girl. On seeing the video, I am seriously concerned regarding the safety and security of minor girls participating in reality shows across India,”
The singer took his social media pages to share his side of the story. Here’s the tweet that Papon shared.
— papon angaraag (@paponmusic) February 23, 2018
He says “I am very painfully conscious of the accusations that have been made against me in the last few days. Anyone who knows me would be aware that I am an extremely affectionate and expressive person. That is the way I have been brought up and that’s how I have always been with people close to me or people I care about. To show affection for an 11 year old child who I have been mentoring for a while now is not an alien concept for me,” the singer adds “Please do remember that it a video on my own facebook live and stop for a moment and at least wonder why I would myself promote a video where I am ‘apparently’ doing all the unmentionable things that I am being accused of. ”
“Please note that the girl in question and her family have gone on record and stated that what is being depicted is not what actually transpired and it is in fact just a case of faulty camera angles and an accidental move and not a sexual assault as being reported.”
“Please know that my intentions with everything that I do in my life are always pure and honest and I would never commit an indecent act as it is being portrayed. I urge the members of the press and my fans to please consider both sides of the story before maligning my public repertoire and damaging the reputation of this girl. My family stands by me in this tough time where I feel I am victimized for no fault of mine.”
While some do support Papon’s version of the story rest just does not accept his reasoning.
I am glad media channels are discussing the #Papon issue – let us also discuss the kind of abuse street children face!! Recently we also saw the case of the brutal rape & murder of 8year old Asifa – are children safe? Predators on the streets, predators pretending to be mentors
— Shehzad Jai Hind (@Shehzad_Ind) February 23, 2018
"#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's lawyer Gaurang Kanth tells Times Now
I CANNOT believe this. Just cannot.
— Sanyukta (@kyahaibae) February 23, 2018
Here is #Papon 's video. Found his behaviour with the minor girl he is mentoring totally inappropriate. Pulling her face and kissing the girl is totally uncalled for no matter how affectionate you feel as her mentor. This definitely comes under "Bad Touch". #ProtectOurChildren pic.twitter.com/MJe8wzd0sb
— ruchi kokcha (@ruchikokcha) February 23, 2018
You're a celebrity.
The child is a contestant who's looking to get a toehold in your industry.
You CAN'T grab and kiss her.
EVEN if that's your idea of affection #Papon
— Padmaja joshi (@PadmajaJoshi) February 23, 2018
This man #Papon is disgusting..how could someone be so irresponsible being a celebrity,he should know how to touch a girl child.. and more irritating is some people are actually taking his side by defending him.. #shocking
— BONG CONNECTION (@BOONMITRA) February 23, 2018
Unfortunate that everybody have already given the judgement about #papon incident. No1 cares about the views of the little girl or her parents. No1 cares about the due process. In villages still elders kiss children affectionately. Why presume a crime? Let law take it's course.
— Ayush (@Ayush91) February 23, 2018
The Twitteratis have given their verdict on the matter. What is your thoughts?