Unless you have been living under a rock you would be aware of the eye of the storm that singer Papon found himself yesterday, when a Facebook Live video of him kissing a minor girl during Holi celebrations went viral. The video sent shockwaves across the country as people could not believe what they had witnessed from the singer who crooned so many beautiful songs.
According to reports, Papon’s lawyer defended him saying that the gesture was one of “fatherly affection” and was just love between a mentor and a mentee. Papon also released a Twitter statement saying that his gesture has been misconstrued.
While many in his fan communities gave him the benefit of the doubt and defended him but the people who were angered by this are not small in number either. Among them was actress Raveena Tandon who took to Twitter to express her disgust.
And she’s not alone, people who have the platform of a huge number of followers also kept no holds barred when condemning the singer’s actions.
If anybody behaved with my daughter the way #Papon did with the teenage girl I would slap him several times in such a way that no one dared behave that way again
— Suchitra Krishnamoorthi (@suchitrak) February 23, 2018
2. Saying it like it is.
#Papon👎The little girl was clearly uncomfortable but is too young to understand. Girls face this from relatives/family friends during childhood but don’t tell parents as they don’t know exactly what’s wrong. But These parents know. Pl take strong action. https://t.co/DFeKNrtHCh
— Priya Gupta (@priyagupta999) February 23, 2018
3. Gauahar Khan is not one to keep quiet.
Wasn't smothering a child's face with your palm rubbing color all over it for 4 secs enough as fatherly love, that u had to pull the child's face then to strategically peck her on the lip??? There was no wrong camera angle or the child moving her face mistakenly BTW 🙄😡#papon👎
— Gauahar Khan (@GAUAHAR_KHAN) February 23, 2018
4. Is he?
Papon may label it as his idea of affection for his mentees but his was clearly a bad touch and made the child uncomfortable. He only stopped when he was told that the act was being relayed on Facebook live. His reaction hints that he’s a serial offender.
— Sonam Mahajan (@AsYouNotWish) February 23, 2018
5. Being silent is not okay.
Sexual abuse cannot be ignored in the name of fatherly love or liberal society. What #Papon did is a legit case of child sexual abuse. Not only he, but the adults who stood around being silent accomplices of this abuse should be tried for this crime.
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) February 23, 2018
6. Would you?
I can't believe there are people actually defending #Papon! If you still feel ambiguous about it, as yourself this question – would you be comfortable if someone did that to your daughter?
— bhaavna arora (@BhaavnaArora) February 23, 2018
7. An FIR has been registered though.
It is completely shocking that no FIR has been registered in the matter till now. Will #Papon be okay if a 41 year old man behaves in the same manner with his 11 year old daughter. I dont think so. Why no FIR till now in the matter? https://t.co/FN5Ok9JHdB
— Swati Jai Hind (@SwatiJaiHind) February 23, 2018
The Internet has divided into two factions as of now, with half the people demanding Papon’s arrest and the other half defending him. The father of the child has also spoken up about it and said that he has done nothing wrong. What do you think of this? Was Papon innocent? Let us know.