High Court Asks Punjab Government to Set up Mechanism to Screen Vulgar Songs

8205_honey_monkeyCHANDIGARH, Punjab—The Punjab and Haryana High Court has refused to interfere in a case registered against Honey “Singh” by the Punjab Police.  It has held that the State Government is responsible for entertaining such cases, not the High Court.  The case was registered against the singer for singing immodest and vulgar songs.

The complaint was initially filed against Honey “Singh” by a Nawanshahr based Non-Government Organization, Human Empowerment League of Punjab (HELP).  Its General Secretary Parvinder Singh Kittna had filed the complaint against Honey and others for singing songs laden with lewd content.  The High Court had earlier directed the Punjab Government to take appropriate steps to put a stop to the singing of such lyrics.

Honey Singh’s name was mentioned among others in the petition.  The direction from the High Court had come under Section 294 of the Indian Penal Code that applies to anyone who “sings, recites or utters any obscene song, ballad or words, in or near any public place, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three months, or with fine, or with both.”

Yesterday, a bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice AG Masih heard the complaint filed by Kittna.  Honey “Singh”, was also present during the session and alleged that the controversial song “Me Ha Balatkari” (I am a rapist) was being deliberately attached to his name while it was sung by another Honey Singh.

Parvinder Singh Kittna on the other hand stated that he would get the CD tested to prove that the song was in fact sung by Honey Singh.


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