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Bhubaneswar: Popular Odia singer and BJD leader Humane Sagar courted a controversy after lending his voice to a song ‘Jhia Nuhe Tu Coronavirus’, the lyrics of which seem to be purely unwarranted at a time when millions are fighting the global pandemic, COVID-19.

The reference to women/girls as coronavirus has led to a backlash not only on social media, but also from the industry with many claiming that the song is disrespectful towards the entire women fraternity.

“Yes, being an artiste, I respect creativity of people. But how can someone compare women with coronavirus? Are women so infectious and deadly? The song has devalued the awareness being created on coronavirus. The lyricist, production house, composer and the singer- they are collectively responsible for such a blunder,” condemned BJP leader Pinki Pradhan.

She said, “No doubt, Humane Sagar is a good friend of mine, but if he hurts women ideologies I won’t tolerate. Being a respected member of the ruling-BJD, he has to take the onus. Also, is this what his master and party supremo CM Naveen preaches?”


Odisha Swabhimani Manch too lodged a complaint with the city DCP seeking action against the singer as well as the lyricist, music director and producer so that ‘henceforth singers or writers won’t dare to come up with such a song that disregards women’.

“Women are worshipped at times. And there are instances when the same women are portrayed as Sukuti Sahoo and Coronavirus. The word used in the song is absolutely impudent for a woman that’s why we want strict action against the singer Humane Sagar and all those involved in the making and release of the song,” said women activist Lina Nandita Parida.

Demanding a ban on the song, she said it is indecent and also has a degrading influence on the society.

Amid severe criticism, Humane Sagar has released a video on social media in which he has tendered an apology for the ‘coronavirus’ song. “I consider people of Odisha as my God. It is because of everyone’s blessings that I am here. I would like to clarify that the song was recorded a month before its release when the virus had not spread its tentacles. Even I was little clueless about the pandemic situation. The moment I learnt that fans are slamming it, I asked the makers to delete the video from YouTube requesting them that it has tarnished my image. Despite the fact that the song had garnered massive 3 million views, it was deleted. I respect women and there is no denying this.”


Calling women as coronavirus proves costly

In what appears to be a repercussion of the ‘Jhia Nuhe Tu Coronavirus’ song, three persons were caught hold of and beaten black and blue for allegedly passing lewd comments on girls at a petrol pump near Kalpana square in Bhubaneswar.

The incident which occurred Tuesday night has reportedly been captured on CCTV. It is being said that the youths engaged in a verbal duel with three girls who had also come to refuel their vehicles at the filling station. Situation went out of hands when the youths allegedly called them ‘coronavirus’, and in moments onlookers thrashed them to teach them a lesson.

Also Read: Coronavirus Rumour-Mongers Arrested In Odisha

According to sources, the girls as well as filling station owner has lodged police complaint in this regard. Countering the allegations, the accused youths have also filed a complaint.

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