February 12, 2018
To save youth from moving towards illegal activities, Punjab DGP has directed all district SSPs to meet singers living in their areas and appeal about avoiding singing objectionable lyrics.
The groovy, foot tapping Punjabi numbers that keep emerging as hits have caught the attention of the Punjab Police, as liquor, drugs & violence often feature in the lyrics.
Worried that songs glorifying liquor & violence may have an adverse effect on impressionable minds of youngsters, the Police is now knocking at singers’ doors asking them to sing a different tune.
As part of a campaign to save youth from moving towards illegal activities, Punjab Director General of Police-Suresh Arora has directed all the district SSPs to meet singers living in their areas & appeal about avoiding singing objectionable lyrics, an official was quoted as saying by PTI.
“We’re telling singers that they should understand their social responsibility. As liquor, arms & ammunition are glorified in songs these days, many people, especially the youth, tend to follow them & indulge in criminal activities,” Batala SSP Opinderjit Singh Ghuman said.
We’re asking them not to glamourise liquor, weapons or gangsters in their songs or videos, he added.
SSP Ghuman met a famous Punjabi singer Ranjit Bawa in Batala & sought his support to ensure that songs replete with references to weapons & drugs aren’t churned out. Bawa, on his Facebook page, praised the initiative of Punjab Police & hoped that offensive lyrics don’t find place in Punjabi songs in future.
Another famous Punjabi singer Jasbir Jassi of ‘Dil le gayee Kudi Gujarat di’ fame also appreciated the initiative. “I have been raising voice against objectionable lyrics for the last 10 years! Such effort should have been made earlier to save our youth,” Jassi said.