Before deciding whether or not to register a case, the Nawanshahr police have sought details of the songs of rapper Honey Singh that allegedly portray women in an indecent manner. Social organiation HELP had submitted a complaint to the senior superintendent of police (SSP) and sought registration of a case against Honey on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, several NGOs held protests against the rapper on Wednesday.
Deputy superintendent of police (city) Satish Malhotra said he had got video of the song from the cyber cell, but was yet to listen to it. HELP president Parwinder Singh Kittna has also been asked to provide to provide video or audio footage of the particular song of Honey against which he had complained. Kittna had said the lyrics are “so vulgar that these can neither be listened to nor be written in the complaint”.
“The police will consult the district attorney to discuss jurisdiction, the songs, how it is explicit or vulgar. We will complete these formalities and only then decide on registering a case,” said Malhotra.
Kittna said he was ready to give proof, but stressed immediate registration of a case. He also said that his NGO would also send a legal notice to the Punjab government to enact a policy to control “these types of songs that give wrong messages to the youth”.
He echoed a demand for a state-level censor board: “The state government had repeatedly promised to set up a censor board to screen music videos for obscenity for many years; but that board has not come so far. It’s really shameful.”
SET UP CENSOR BOARD
Social organisations burnt Honey’s effigy in Jalandhar on Wednesday and demanded action against him and “others like him”. These organisations appreciated senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Amitabh Thakur who has got an FIR regietered against Honey Singh in Lucknow. Punjab Jagriti Manch general secretary Satnam Singh Manak said, “People from Punjab, too, should come forward against such songs.”
He also demanded a band on lewd songs and a “regional censor board”.
Harpal Chadha, a representative of Sikh Talmel Committee, said, “It’s the duty of government to ban such songs; but it has failed to do so far.”
He demanded legal action against Honey Singh, Diljit Dosanjh and Jazzy B.
He also sought action from the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) against singers “who are lowering the importance of Sikhism symbols by using these in the wrong manner in their videos”.
Press secretary of Istri Jagriti Manch, Jasbir Kaur added that thye state government should immediately arrest Honey, Jazzy B, Diljit and also Geeta Zaildar. “There is an urgent need to start a massive agitation against such singers.”