A complaint has been lodged against singer Papon for allegedly forcefully kissing a minor on a reality show – Voice India Kids.
A Supreme Court lawyer has filed a complaint against Assamese singer with the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights for an ‘inappropriate’ act of showing affection to a minor girl.
Now, a singer finally opens up on the whole controversy and took to Twitter and poured his heart out in an open letter.
“I am very painfully conscious of the accusations that have been made against me in the last few days. Anyone who knows me would be aware that I am an extremely affectionate and expressive person. That is the way I have been brought up and that’s how I have always been with people close to me or people I care about,” Papon wrote.
“To show affection for an 11-year-old child who I have been mentoring for a while now is not an alien concept for me. Please do remember that it a video on my own Facebook live and stop for a moment and at least wonder why I would myself promote a video where I am ‘apparently’ doing all the unmentionable things that I am being accused of.” he added.
He accepted that he has made a mistake given today’s environment. “My humble request to everyone, when you do come across this matter is to just pause and think about how much harm this does to the people involved. I have a loving wife of over 14 years and two young children. There is a little girl involved, whose identity is not masked in any way. Both of our families are being destroyed forever, just by people jumping to conclusions. However, this is not to say that I haven’t made a mistake. I might have done it spontaneously but in today’s environment, to touch a girl child, however innocent your thoughts are, is not advisable. I am sorry for that. Please do accuse me of being naïve and stupid even but please do not call me all those disgusting names.”
Papon, has stated that he kissed a minor contestant of a reality show out of affection and it was not a sexual assault.
— papon angaraag (@paponmusic) February 23, 2018
Papon is currently one of the judges on Voice India Kids. On Tuesday, he went live on his Facebook page. In the video, he is seen applying gulal to one of the female contestants and then he kisses her, allegedly by force. The girl looks uncomfortable as Papon forcefully tries to kiss her on the cheeks.
Papon is known for his popular numbers from Hindi films such as Barfi!, Befikre, Sultan, Dum Laga Ke Haisha among others.