With the Punjab and Haryana Court in Chandigarh coming down heavily on it for not booking rapper Honey Singh for his Main Hoon Balatkari and other vulgar songs, the Punjab government on Friday registered a case against him for displaying vulgarity in public.
The case was registered in Nawanshahr under Section 294 of the Indian Penal Code, according to Superintendent of Police S.S. Bhangoo.
On May 14, the state high court had taken the Punjab government to task for not doing anything against the rapper. The court also summoned 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 against him has been filed by HELP (Human Empowerment League Punjab) which is a non-profit organization.
A division bench of the high court on Tuesday asked, “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 cognizable offence?”
The bench, which also made the state of Haryana as respondent since the said song was sung in Gurgaon, said, “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?’’
Since Honey Singh was not present in the court, the bench ordered him to appear before it on July 4.
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.
With Honey Singh booked, the trend towards vulgarity in Punjabi songs may be stemmed.