A non-bailable warrant was issued against singer Honey Singh for a case which has been going on for seven years
Punjabi rapper and singer Honey Singh is known to upset people, especially women, with “vulgar lyrics”. In the past, there have been many notices sent to the singer for his songs which, according to complainants, demean and objectify women.
For one of his songs, Honey Singh found himself in trouble after an FIR was filed in Gomti Nagar by Amitabh Thakur on December 31, 2012. A case was filed under sections 292, 293 and 294 of the IPC.
Taking cognizance of the charge sheet on December 23, 2013, the court had sent summons to Honey Singh to appear before the court, but the singer failed to show up. The court has now issued a bailable warrant against him.The next hearing of the case is on September 11.
A few months ago, the rapper was booked following a complaint lodged by the Punjab State Women Commission which sought action against him for allegedly using vulgar lyrics against women in the song.
The case was registered at Mataur Police Station in Punjab’s Mohali district.
Singh has been booked under section 294 (punishment for obscene song and acts) and section 509 (punishment for word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the IPC, Mohali senior superintendent of police Harcharan Singh Bhullar said, according to a PTI report.
He has also been charged under section 67 (punishment for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form) of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and relevant section of the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986, Bhullar stated.
Earlier, chairperson of the women panel Manisha Gulati had written to the state home secretary, the Punjab director general of police and the inspector general of police (crime), demanding appropriate action against the singer.
“We have asked the police to register an FIR against the singer for using vulgar lyrics against women in his song ‘Makhna’,” Gulati had said.
(Inputs from PTI)
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Last Updated Aug 9, 2019, 2:50 PM IST