Such celebs shouldn’t be invited: Pahlaj Nihalani on Papon controversy

Former CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani shared his take on Papon controversy and said that such celebrities, who can make children feel uncomfortable or anxious in any manner, should not be invited to such shows at all.

By: ANI | Mumbai | Published: February 25, 2018 11:06:47 am
papon, papon controversy A case has been registered against singer Papon for allegedly kissing a minor girl.

Former CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani opened up about his take on the case against singer Papon for allegedly kissing a minor girl. The producer-director told ANI, “Since the video is edited and we are not fully aware of what happened before or after the scene, I will refrain from making any unnecessary comments. However, I feel it is the organisers’ responsibility to ensure their participants’ safety in such cases.”

“I feel such celebrities, who can make children feel uncomfortable or anxious in any manner, should not be invited to such shows at all”, Nihalani added.

He further said, “In this specific incidence, parents must be aware of what happened and the kid in question is also accomplished to comment if the intentions were pure or not.” He added that proper inquiry should be done and looked from all the perspectives – including of the people present at the scene. Supreme Court lawyer Runa Bhuyan on Friday filed a complaint against Angarag Papon Mahanta, under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act for allegedly “inappropriately kissing a minor girl”.

The incident took place during the shoot of a Holi celebration on the sets of a Hindi singing reality show where the girl is among the contestants. Following the controversy, Papon who is seen as one of the mentors on the show has quit the show and claimed that he has been “falsely implicated”. Several Bollywood celebrities have slammed Papon for this act while some of his friends from the industry also defended the singer.

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