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"Please do accuse me of being naive and stupid even but please do not call me all those disgusting names": Papon | Singer gives clarification on "inappropriate kissing" video controversy
Posted on: 23-02-2018 , 06:22:PM | DY365 Bureau

February 23, 2018: Singer Angarag Mahanta aka Papon has been in controversy lately due a video featuring him in which went viral and he landed in more trouble after a Supreme Court advocate, Runa Bhuyan, filed a complaint against him under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) on the same which according to her has "objectionable contents".

In the said video Papon could be seen applying colors on a minor girl and “inappropriately kissing her” as alleged by the advocate. It may be stated that the girl is a participant of the reality show "Voice of India Kids 2018", which Papon is judging. The entire act was caught on camera and the video was available on the singer’s Facebook timeline. Reportedly, the incident took place during the shoot of a Holi celebration on the sets of the reality show.
The controversy triggered sensation at a national level and attracted a lot of criticism.
Recently, Papon reacted on the controversial video and posted a clarification:
"I am very painfully conscious of the accusations that have been made against me in the last few days. Anyone who knows me would be aware that I am an extremely affectionate and expressive person. That is the way I have been brought up and that’s how I have always been with people close to me or people I care about. To show affection for an 11 year old child who I have been mentoring for a while now is not an alien concept for me. Please do remember that it a video on my own facebook live and stop for a moment and at least wonder why I would myself promote a video where I am ‘apparently’ doing all the unmentionable things that I am being accused of.

My humble request to everyone, when you do come across this matter is to just pause and think about how much harm this does to the people involved. I have a loving wife of over 14 years and two young children. There is a little girl involved, whose identity is not masked in any way. Both of our families are being destroyed forever, just by people jumping to conclusions.
However, this is not to say that I haven’t made a mistake. I might have done it spontaneously but in today’s environment, to touch a girl child, however innocent your thoughts are, is not advisable. I am sorry for that. Please do accuse me of being nave and stupid even but please do not call me all those disgusting names.

Please note that the girl in question and her family have gone on record and stated that what is being depicted is not what actually transpired and it is in fact just a case of faulty camera angles and an accidental move and not a sexual assault as being reported. The said incident transpired in the presence of personnel from the reality show and there is nothing objectionable about it. I admit that I am an extremely affable person and am very convivial with my fan community but please bear in mind that I have been happily married for over 14 years with two children and I would do nothing to cause harm to them. I hold the girl in high regards not only as a lady but also as a contestant on the reality show I am part of. If I had anything to be culpable of, the said video would have been deleted from my social media. As an accountable civilian, the safety and respect of women are of grave importance to me and I would never commit an act that is inappropriate or discourteous in any form. Please know that my intentions with everything that I do in my life are always pure and honest and I would never commit an indecent act as it is being portrayed. I urge the members of the press and my fans to please consider both sides of the story before maligning my public repertoire and damaging the reputation of this girl. My family stands by me in this tough time where I feel I am victimized for no fault of mine."
 
 

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