The Punjab and Haryana High Court today slammed the Punjab government for not taking action against rapper Honey Singh for singing vulgar songs.
The division bench comprising acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice R K Jain ordered the Punjab government to take immediate action against the rapper for bringing disrepute to Indian culture.
Observing that heads hung in shame after hearing the rapper's songs, the Court also remarked that Honey Singh should be boycotted.
Earlier, a petition was filed by HELP, a NGO based in Punjab's Nawanshahr, in which it had sought the court's directions to the government to set up some effective mechanism for curbing the menace of obscene, vulgar and lewd songs.
The NGO had filed the PIL after a group of singers and musicians protested against alleged 'vulgar, lewd and indecent' lyrics used by some Punjabi singers who, they said, were 'a corrupting influence on Punjabi music'.
At an earlier hearing the NGO had pointed out that despite a formal complaint, the Punjab government did not initiate any step in this regard.
The rapper's songs are mostly a mix of English and Punjabi and he has also lent his voice to recent Bollywood films like 'Khiladi 786', 'Cocktail' and 'Luv Shuv Te Chicken Khurana'.
Earlier, the rapper's New Year's show in Gurgaon had to be cancelled following protests over his lyrics in the wake of the Delhi rape incident of December last year in which a young woman was brutally attacked and raped in a moving bus.
The victim had later died at a Singapore hospital where she was taken for treatment.