A Supreme Court lawyer has filed a complaint against Bollywood singer, Angarag Papon Mahanta, accusing him of sexually assaulting a minor girl.
A Facebook live video has been doing the rounds on the internet where Papon can be seen forcing himself upon a minor girl (one of the contestants) he was mentoring for a reality Television show, ‘Voice of India Kids’.
The singer allegedly touched her inappropriately and also kissed her during the shoot of a Holi celebration on the sets.
According to a report filed by News18, lawyer Runa Bhuyan has requested the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights to initiate an inquiry against the singer.
In her complaint, the lawyer said,
“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 colours 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 girls participating in reality shows across India.”
She further added,
“Surprisingly, though there are number of minor girls present inside the van, not a single female member of the crew is seen to be present. I am shocked to see the behavior of Papon towards the minor girl where he is seen to be applying colours on a minor girl and inappropriately kissing the said girl. I am concerned regarding the safety and security of minor girls participating in reality shows across India.”
The singer, however, issued a statement clearing his stance in the matter.
Singer #Papon issues statement over allegedly 'inappropriately kissing a minor girl', says 'my humble request to everyone, when you do come across this matter is to just pause & think about how much harm this does to the people involved' pic.twitter.com/vnuZsOcwUF— ANI (@ANI) February 23, 2018
The video was uploaded on Papon’s official Facebook page.