New Delhi: A Supreme Court lawyer on Thursday filed a complaint with the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights against Bollywood singer Angarag Mahanta alias Papon for allegedly kissing a minor without her consent.
In a video that went viral on social media, Papon is seen smearing coloured powder on the girl’s face and then kissing her in a van on the sets of the reality show Voice of India Kids 2018. Immediately after he kissed the minor, Papon is seen asking for the live feed to be cut.
However, the video was later posted on Papon’s official Facebook page.
Advocate Runa Bhuyan, in her complaint to the commission, said that she believed the singer had committed sexual assault. The lawyer said that the NCPCR should conduct an inquiry and punish the accused under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
Bhuyan added that she was “seriously concerned about the safety and security of minor girls participating in reality shows across India”. She said that there was no female member of the crew present inside the van when the incident occurred. She said the child rights forum should set up guidelines to prevent such sexual assault on children in reality shows.
&TV, which telecasts the Voice of India Kids 2018 reality show, issued a statement saying it has always adhered to NCPCR’s rules and other laws about child safety on its shows.
Meanwhile the girl’s father has made a statement that the relation between my client and the child is like that of teacher and student.