Days after the High Court rapped the Punjab government, police in Nawanshahr on Friday booked rapper Honey Singh for singing vulgar song.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court had on May 14 directed the Punjab government to take action against popular Punjabi rap.
A Divison Bench comprising acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain had slammed the government for not taking action against the singer so far.
Acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh had said “heads hung in shame” after reading the lyrics of his songs. Emphasising that our “rich culture” is being spoiled by such vulgar songs, the Bench said, “We are proud of our civilization.”
Questioning the silence of the Punjab government, the court had said that Honey Singh “is not a foreigner, he is an Indian. Why can you not take action?” The court referred to Section 294 of the IPC under which a person can be booked for indulging in obscene acts and songs.
The court, on the last date of hearing, had directed Honey Singh to be present in the court on Tuesday. Since summons were not issued to him, he did not appear. However, a large group of youngsters, some to support and others to oppose Honey Singh, were present in the court room. Referring to them, the acting Chief Justice said the youth should boycott singers like Honey Singh who are spoiling the culture. Adjourning the case to July 4, the court ordered that fresh notices be issued to Honey Singh to appear in court.
The court orders came during the hearing of a PIL filed by NGO “HELP”, which had sought a direction to Punjab to create some effective mechanism for curbing the menace of vulgar songs.