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Singer Papon Booked Under POCSO Act For Inappropriately Kissing Minor Girl

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| February 23 , 2018 , 13:44 IST

Renowned singer Angarag Papon Mahanta, popularly known as Papon was booked under the POCSO Act for 'inappropriately kissing a minor girl' during a during a music reality show. The incident which took place on a live Facebook video was noted by a Supreme Court advocate.

The advocate Runa Bhuyan ended up filing a complaint against the popular singer with the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights. The mentioned minor girl is reportedly one of the contestants from 'The Voice of India Kids Season 2', which Papon judges.

Along with the Assamese singer, Himesh Reshammiya, Shaan, and Palak Muchhal are also part of the jury. Post the incident broke out on the internet, the video has gone viral garnering a great amount of criticism from all around the country for the 'inappropriate' act.

The video, still present on the singer's official Facebook page, was shot for a special Holi sequence where Papon was dressed as Gabbar Singh. He was singing with the children and having fun, so much so that he ended up kissing a contestant in heat of the moment after smeared colour on her face.

"I am shocked to see the behaviour of the said singer Angarag Papon Mahanta towards a minor girl where he is seen to be applying colors on a minor girl and inappropriately kissing the said girl. On seeing the video, I am seriously concerned regarding the safety and security of minor girl participating in reality shows across India," the complaint said.

Papon’s manager, Partha Gogoi has clarified the act as 'intentional' and requested her media to not drag the issue. He admitted, "The act was not meant to hurt the sentiments of any individual, and that it was not wrong in any manner, which is why they see no reason to pull down the video from the official Facebook page of Papon."

Papon has gained a recognisable amount of fame for lending his voice in songs like 'Moh moh ke dhage' from the film Dum Laga Ke Haisha, 'Sun le re' and 'Khudse' from Madras Cafe and 'Jiyein kyun' from Dum Maro Dum among others.