Taking up a public interest litigation seeking directions for setting up of an effective mechanism for curbing the menace of recording and playing of "vulgar, lewd and indecent songs", the Punjab and Haryana high court has issued notice of motion to the Punjab government.
The petition filed by a non-government organisation, HELP (Human Empowerment League of Punjab) based in Nawanshahr, came up for hearing before the division bench comprising chief justice Arjan Kumar Sikri and justice Rakesh Kumar Jain on Monday. The NGO suggested that to check such menace, some censor board should be constituted or some effective policy be framed.
Quoting examples of some news reports about vulgar songs, the petitioner informed the court about some of the Punjabi singers who had been recording vulgar, lewd songs and "crossing all limits of decency". Those named are Honey Singh, Diljit Dosanjh, Gippy Grewal, Amar Chamkila, Ashok Masti and Geeta Zaildar.
Arguing the case, advocate HC Arora said the songs are so vulgar that the lyrics cannot be mentioned in the open court. He noted that as per section 294 of the Indian Penal Code, singing of lewd/obscene songs at public places is an offence.
It was submitted that women have the right to protect their dignity as per fundamental right of "right to life" and such fundamental right to dignity of human being cannot be violated under the garb of "right to freedom of speech".
The court was informed that despite a rise in recording and playing of such obscene songs, and issuance of notice to the state government by the petitioner, the state had not taken any initiative to check such songs.
The case would now come up for hearing on March 1.