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UP IPS officer defends FIR against Honey Singh

Jan 01, 2013 10:48 AM IST Music Music
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New Delhi: Even though his fans may have been dejected, Uttar Pradesh IPS officer Amitabh Thakur has defended his FIR against Punjabi rapper Honey Singh for offensive songs, saying that he should be punished for his obscene anti-women lyrics. The singer's New Year concert at a Gurgaon hotel was cancelled on Monday evening following online protests.

Speaking to CNN-IBN, Thakur said, "The lyrics of his songs are vulgar and obscene. One song is called 'Mai hoon balatkari'. Only online petitions and protests will not help in convicting Honey Singh. An FIR will." If found guilty of obscenity, he can be sentenced to three years imprisonment.

The FIR was lodged by Gomti Nagar police on the complaint of Thakur, police sources said in Lucknow. The FIR was registered under sections 292, 293 and 294 of the IPC that are related to obscenity offences.

Earlier, the online petition was filed by one Kalpana Misra via Change.org who appealed for a ban on the Punjabi rapper's performance. "These pornographic lyrics are unacceptable and it is because of women-hating sentiments like these that men think that it's fine to do what they did on that bus, that December night in Delhi," the petition said.

"Let's put a stop to these subversive lyrics that
infiltrate the minds of people who don't know better and who then justify to themselves the rightness of a crime that harms another human being, sometimes so severely that they lose their lives," it added.

With additional information from PTI