Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered Punjabi rapper-singer Honey Singh to be present in court on 14th May 2013 to respond to allegations of vulgarity in one of his songs.
Uttar Pradesh IPS officer Amitabh Thakur had filed an FIR against Singh for offensive songs, saying that he should be punished for his obscene anti-women lyrics. The singer’s New Year concert at a Gurgaon hotel was also cancelled following online protests. Thakur had said:
The lyrics of his songs are vulgar and obscene. One song is called ‘Mai hoon balatkari’ (I am a rapist). Only online petitions and protests will not help in convicting Honey Singh. An FIR will.
If found guilty of obscenity, he can be sentenced to three years imprisonment.
The FIR was lodged by Gomti Nagar police on the complaint of Thakur, police sources said in Lucknow. The FIR was registered under sections 292, 293 and 294 of the IPC that are related to obscenity offenses.
Source: IBN[toggle style=”closed” title=”What is an FIR”] A First Information Report (FIR) is a written document prepared by police organizations in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Japan when they receive information about the commission of a cognizable offence. It is generally a complaint lodged with the police by the victim of a cognizable offense or by someone on his on her behalf, but anyone can make such a report either orally or in writing to the police.
An FIR is an important document because it sets the process of criminal justice in motion. It is only after the FIR is registered in the police station that the police take up investigation of the case. Anyone who knows about the commission of a cognizable offence, including police officers, can file an FIR.
As described in law:
- When information about the commission of a cognizable offence is given orally, the police must write it down.
- The person giving information or making a complaint has a right to demand that the information recorded by the police be read to him or her.
- Once the information has been recorded by the police, it must be signed by the person giving the information.
We wrote about Honey Singh‘s lyrical content around the time the New Years concert was cancelled. Is this the best use of Police time, given all the other issues we are seeing in India that the police do not seem to be able to control?
The Punjab government is in the process of finalising a policy about the public broadcast and performance of vulgar and indecent songs. They want to put together a censor board to monitor musical activity.
As well as Honey Singh other artists named in the petition include Diljit Dosanjh, Gippy Grewal, Amar Chamkila, Ashok Masti and Geeta Zaildar.
We will monitor this case and bring you updates as we receive them.