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File case against Honey Singh, court tells Punjab govt

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, May 14, 2013
First Published: 11:51 IST(14/5/2013) | Last Updated: 09:33 IST(15/5/2013)

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday ordered the Punjab government to file a case against rapper Honey Singh for singing vulgar songs.

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The rapper was not present in the court despite the notice issued to him on an earlier date of hearing.

The division bench of acting chief justice Jasbir Singh and justice Rakesh Kumar Jain ordered the singer to be present in the court on July 4, the next day of hearing, to respond to allegations of vulgarity in one of his songs.

The court also said that singers like Honey Singh should be boycotted, as "his songs make us hang our heads in shame."

The rapper has been involved in a controversy over the lyrics of his song 'Main hoon balatkari' (I am a rapist). But the singer, earlier, had said that he did not write the lyrics but only sang them and accused his critics of using him as 'a scapegoat'.

The court had at an earlier hearing, criticised Honey Singh for singing "shameful songs" which were "disrespectful to women".

The court also directed the Punjab government to take action against people related with vulgar songs.

The directions came on a public interest litigation filed by a non-governmental organisation, HELP (Human Empowerment League of Punjab). The petitioner had said the lyrics of some of his songs depict violence against women and rape.

The petitioner had also named Diljit Dosanjh, Gippy Grewal, Amar Chamkila, Ashok Masti and Geeta Zaildar for singing vulgar songs.

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