Expressing disappointment on the vulgar songs being sung by Punjabi rapper(singer) Honey Singh, also known as Yo Yo Honey Singh, the Punjab and Haryana high court has summoned him to the court personally on May 14 for explanation.
The directions came from the division bench comprising acting chief justice Jasbir Singh and justice Rakesh Kumar Jain on a public interest litigation filed by a non-governmental organisation, HELP (Human Empowerment League of Punjab) of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district.
During the resumed hearing of the case, the judges were shocked to read the lyrics of the song ‘main hoon balatkaari’ (I am a rapist) sung by Honey Singh. The bench asked petitioner’s advocate HC Arora as to what kind of singer Honey Singh was who was singing such ‘shameful songs’ having no respect to the women. Arora informed the court that Honey Singh is a resident of Hoshiarpur district in Punjab.
However, the Punjab government had earlier informed the high court on March 1 that it would soon finalise the policy regarding recording/playing of vulgar and indecent songs.
The petitioner has suggested the constitution of a censor board to check such menace of recoding and playing of lewd songs or framing of an effective policy. Citing news reports, the petitioner had told the court about some Punjabi singers who had been recording vulgar/lewd songs and “crossing all limits of decency”.
The petition has named singers such as Honey Singh, Diljit Dosanjh, Gippy Grewal, Amar Chamkila, Ashok Masti and Geeta Zaildar, “whose music albums/songs should be scrutinised and appropriate action taken against them as per law.”
The case would now come up for hearing on May 14.