India’s Child’s Rights Commission has sought strict action against comedian Kunal Kamra for sharing “doctored” video of a child who sang patriotic song in front of PM Modi. The comedian, who has been known for being vocal in his views about the current BJP regime and Prime Minister Modi, had earlier shared a morphed video of a child singing for the Prime Minister.
For the unversed, the young boy had sung ‘Hey Janma bhoomi Bharat’ for the Indian Prime Minister, who was captured encouraging the boy and applauding the boy’s performance. However, Kamra shared a parody video which had the song ‘Mehengayi daayan khaaye jaat hain’ playing in the background.
Following the video being shared on Twitter, the boy’s father himself threatened Kamra with action. Calling the comedian ‘kachra (trash)’, Mr. Ganesh Pol tweeted, “He is my 7 year old son, who wanted to sing this song for his beloved Motherland . Though he is still very young but certainly he loves his country more than you Mr. Kamra or Kachra watever u are. Keep the poor boy out of your filthy politics & try to work on your poor jokes”.
The Facts of the Matter
Although humour was once the language of dissent, the true meaning of dissent has transformed in the current highly divisive socio-political climate. Comedians getting threatened with FIRs for making jokes or sharing parodies is becoming a norm, and comedian Kunal Kamra is latest in the long spate.
While Kamra’s stance on PM Modi and BJP is known to anyone not living under the rock, he has lately been flying under the radar in terms of brewing controversy. All this changed recently when the comedian was threatened by child rights’ bodies in India, and other activists for sharing a ‘doctored’ video on Twitter.
The father of a kid who performed a patriotic melody to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the PM Modi’s European trip has criticized standup comedian Kunal Kamra for releasing an edited video of his son on Twitter. Ganesh Pol, the child’s father, tweeted describing Kamra as a crap’, “He is my 7-year-old kid, who wanted to perform this song for his cherished Motherland”. Even though he is quite young, he surely loves his nation more than you, Mr. Kamra or Kachra, or whatever your name is. Keep the poor kid out of your foul politics and focus on your jokes.”
For the unversed, the comedian swapped the kid’s song, “Hey Janma bhoomi Bharat,” with “Mehengayi daayan khaaye jaat hai,” from the 2010 film Peepli Live.
Using Juveniles to Convey Political View is a Breach of JJ Act
The NCPCR stated in their letter that employing juveniles to convey political perspectives is a breach of the Juvenile Justice Act. According to the commission, it is concerned that employing children for commercial aspirations is damaging to their mental health.
Kamra Withdraws the Child’s Video after NCPCR Notice
The video, according to Kamra, was uploaded by a news agency and was in the public domain. Then on Thursday, Kamra withdrew the child’s tweet after the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) received notice of Kunal’s complaint and contacted Twitter to have the footage withdrawn and action taken against him. Check out his recent tweet:
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