Papon was one of the judges of Voice India Kids Image: Facebook
Last week, a video of &TV's Voice India Kids judge Papon kissing a minor contestant surfaced on social media, and the singer faced immense flak for it. The broadcaster has now released a statement condemning the act, and implying that the channel had asked the singer to leave the show.
Yesterday, Papon tweeted that he is stepping down from the role of a judge on the show as he is in "no mental state to fulfil professional obligations." The channel's announcement, however, suggestes that Papon has been fired as he didn't abide by their code of conduct.
"The Papon incident is unfortunate and is unequivocally condemned. The decision to not have Papon on the show has already been communicated. Anyone who fails to abide by our code of conduct will not be engaged by our network. We have faith in the judicial system to take the necessary actions that they deem fit. We have extended our full cooperation to the concerned authorities," the statement read.
The channel has also appointed a psychologist to deal with the girl and her parents.
"As a responsible broadcaster immediately after this incident was brought to our notice, an internal enquiry was initiated. Post the enquiry, instant support was extended towards the participants and their families. An on-call psychologist is available to offer counsel to the children and their parents, and an external counsel have been appointed to address the situation," the channel's statement further read.
In order to control the damage, the channel said they are committed to the well-being of the participants. "We would like to restate that a safe and secure environment is of utmost priority to us. All the parents send their children for participating in our shows with a deep level of trust. We truly value this trust and will do everything it takes to live up to this expectation."