Maharashtra government on Saturday took cognizance of the incident involving reality TV show judge, Assamese singer Angarag Papon Mahanta, allegedly 'inappropriately kissing a minor girl'. Minister of State for Women and Child welfare Vidya Thakur directed Mumbai Commissioner of Police to investigate the incident.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Women Commission also took cognizance of the incident.
The video has gone viral on social media platform in which Papon can be seen applying colour to a contestant's face and planting a kiss on her lips, leaving her stunned. The complaint has been filed with the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and it states that singer has committed "sexual assault on the minor girl".
Reacting to the complaint, the father of the minor girl denied all the allegations against Papon.
Refuting a complaint filed against him, Papon has stated that he kissed a minor contestant on a reality show out of affection and it was not a sexual assault.
The singer, however, says that he was only showing his "affection" to the 11-year-old contestant he is mentoring. "I am very painfully conscious of the accusations that have been made against me in the last few days. Anyone who knows me would be aware that I am an extremely affectionate and expressive person. That is the way I have been brought up and that's how I have always been with people close to me or people I care about," Papon said in a statement.