NEW DELHI: The Punjab and Haryana Court in Chandigarh has issue fresh summons to Punjabi rapper Honey Singh to appear before it on July 4 in a public interest petition seeking action against him for his lewd songs, including `Main Hoon Balatkari’.
The petition has been filed by the NGO `HELP’.
A division bench of the high court, which took up the petition on Tuesday, reprimanded the Punjab government for not taking action against the rapper.
“Why has the Punjab Government not taken cognisance of main hoon balatkari (I am a rapist) song by Honey Singh even though it attracts the provisions of Section 294, IPC, which is a cognisable offence?” the bench asked.
The bench has also made the state of Haryana and the Chandigarh administration respondents in the case.
“Honey Singh’s song available on the YouTube indicates that it was sung at a concert in Gurgaon. Thus, it cannot be said that no action can be taken against its singer?’’ the bench said.
Since Honey Singh was not present in the court, the bench ordered him to appear before it on July 4. The court had summoned him to appear before it on May 14.
The petition has said that Honey Singh’s song `Main Hoon Balatkari’ has passed limits of obscenity and posed a threat to women’s decency. Such vulgarity in the garb of music threatened women’s fundamental “right to life,’’ the petition has said, adding that such songs fall within the purview of Section 294 of the Indian Penal Code which bans such songs in public places.
The NGO has blamed the Punjab government for not doing anything to curb growing vulgarity in songs.