Mumbai: Assamese singer Angarag Papon landed in a controversy after a video of him ‘kissing’ a minor participant of a music reality show went viral on social media on Friday.
In a detailed Facebook post yesterday, Papon apologized and said that it was “just a case of faulty camera angles and an accidental move. And now finally, the minor girl in question and other contestants along with their parents are defending the whole act.
In a video, the minor girl says that Papon didn’t do anything with wrong intention. She said, “He kissed me like he would kiss his own child. My mother and my father also kiss me lovingly so there is nothing wrong about it.”
Also her father issued a statement which said that Papon is a father figure to his daughter and that there was nothing objectionable in the video that has come under the scanner.
“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. I would request and urge the media to not pursue this further,” he told in a statement.
Also, Minister of State Women and Child Welfare Vidya Thakur on Saturday directed the Mumbai police to investigate the matter. The Maharashtra government took cognizance of the Papon issue, where Thakur talked to Mumbai’s Commissioner of Police (CP) about the incident, directing him to investigate the incident.