Mumbai, Feb 24: Celebrities like Raveena Tandon and Suchitra Krishnamoorthi have come out against Papon after a video emerged of the singer inappropriately kissing a minor girl.
The shocked celebrities feel that it’s disgusting and shameful and that the singer should be arrested.
Raveena Tandon: Disgusting! Shameful! Perverse! This man Papon should be arrested ! The girl’s parents succumbing to pressure! The explanations given are ridiculous! Haven’t felt such anger and shame to see this happen and some on tv debates actually defending the act.
Suchitra Krishnamoorthi: If anybody behaved with my daughter the way Papon did with the teenage girl I would slap him several times in such a way that no one dared behave that way again.
If anybody behaved with my daughter the way #Papon did with the teenage girl I would slap him several times in such a way that no one dared behave that way again
— Suchitra Krishnamoorthi (@suchitrak) February 23, 2018
Gauahar Khan: Wasn’t smothering a child’s face with your palm rubbing colour all over it for four seconds enough as fatherly love, that you had to pull the child’s face then to strategically peck her on the lip. There was no wrong camera angle or the child moving her face mistakenly.
Wasn't smothering a child's face with your palm rubbing color all over it for 4 secs enough as fatherly love, that u had to pull the child's face then to strategically peck her on the lip??? There was no wrong camera angle or the child moving her face mistakenly BTW ??#papon?
— Gauahar Khan (@GAUAHAR_KHAN) February 23, 2018
Ashoke Pandit: Papon body language and his brash attitude while abusing the child is a sign of arrogance and complete disregard for the law. This is a benchmark trait of every powerful sexual predator.
#Papon body language and his brash attitude while abusing the child is a sign of arrogance and complete disregard for the law. This is a benchmark trait of every powerful sexual predator
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) February 23, 2018
On Friday, 23 February, Supreme Court lawyer Runa Bhuyan filed a complaint with National Commission for Protection of Child Rights against Papon. The singer has been booked under POCSO as it is a case of assaulting a minor girl.
In a video shared on Papon’s official Facebook page, the 41-year-old singer is seen celebrating Holi with few of the contestants of ‘The Voice of India Kids Season 2’, a singing reality show of which he is a jury member. He is seen applying colours to a contestant and planting a kiss, apparently, on her mouth.
Calling himself an “extremely affectionate and expressive” person, Papon claimed that “both of our families are being destroyed forever” because of the controversy surrounding the matter.
“Not to say 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,” he wrote in his statement, which he uploaded on his Twitter.
— papon angaraag (@paponmusic) February 23, 2018
He said that he can be called “naive and stupid” for the “accidental move” which he claimed was “not a sexual assault”.
Meanwhile, MoS Women and Child welfare, Vidya Thakur, has reportedly directed the Mumbai Police Commissioner to investigate the incident, reported The Staesman.