Mumbai: Singer Papon has been caught on camera forcing himself upon a minor girl. A complaint has been filed against him under the POCSO act.
In a video going viral, Papon is seen kissing a minor girl. It reportedly happened during the shoot of a Holi celebration on the sets of a Hindi singing reality show. The girl is one of the contestants on the show that Papon is mentoring. The singer allegedly touched the minor inappropriately and kissed her.
Supreme Court lawyer Runa Bhuyan has filed a complaint with the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR, under the POCSO act, against the singer for ‘inappropriately kissing’ the minor.
In a video shared on Papon’s official Facebook page, the 41-year-old singer is seen celebrating Holi with few of the contestants of ‘The Voice of India Kids Season 2’, a singing reality show of which he is a jury member. He is seen applying colours to a contestant and planting a kiss, apparently, on her mouth.
The video soon garnered controversy over allegations of molestation. Lawyer Runa Bhuyan, in her complaint to the NCPCR, alleged the video has “objectionable content violating bodily integrity amounting into sexual assault on a minor girl.”
“The said video is taken in a van where the kids participating in reality show Voice of India Kids Season 2 are seemed to involve in some fun activity with the crew members of the show along with singer Angarag Papon Mahanta who is also a jury member of the show. Surprisingly, though there are number of minor girls present inside the van, not a single member of the crew is seen to be present inside the van,” said the top court lawyer.