Punjab Seeks Centre’s Nod For Censor Board to Vet Songs || SNE
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Aug 08, 2019
In a bid to put a lid on the rising trend of Punjabi songs glorifying drugs and violence, the Punjab government has apprroached the central government for allowing the state to have a censor board to vet songs.
In his reply to question moved by MLA Kuldeep Singh Vaid asking whether the Punjab government has any plan to constitute a censor board, minister of cultural affair Charanjit Singh Channi acknowledged that there is need to maintain pristine culture of Punjab and the government is serious about curbin songs which promote drug addition, vulgarity, violence and criminal acts.
The minister’s reply further stated that the matter comes within the preview of central government as per Schedule 7 of the Constitution, and state government has taken it up with the central government to legislate on this “most urgent matter”.
Punjab State Women Commission chairperson Manisha Gulati has also been advocating setting up of a censor board for vettin songs in Punjab. She had recently urged Punjabi singer Gurdas Mann to come forward and support the commission in its campaign against vulgar songs by persuading Punjabi singers and producers to clean up the lyrics.
To create awareness about the rich heritage of Punjab, the state government had in 2017 notified the Punjab State Cultural Policy after obtaining suggestions from artists and other stakeholders.
Protests have also been held in Punjab against songs promoting vulgarity and violence.
Two criminal cases have been registered against 6 persons by Punjab police since 2015 till date for use of vulgar languageand promoting drugs and violence. On July 9, Mohali police had registered a FIR against rapper Honey Singh for using vulgar language in his latest Punjabi song ‘Makhna’, following a complaint lodged by the Punjab State Women Commission chairperson Manisha Gulati. The rapper was booked under section sections 294 (obscene acts) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of Indian Penal Code (IPC).
EFFORTS BY COPS
In 2018, Punjab police had launched a campaign to wean youth away from illegal activities. Then Punjab director general of police Suresh Arora had directed all SSPs to meet singers in their areas and urge them not to use objectionable content in their songs. Police had approached famous singers with a request to support the campaign.