American online retailers, have once again, hurt Indian sentiments by selling products that misuse a very prominent Hindu god and an auspicious symbol.
Two US-based retailers will face severe consequences for selling a pack of beers with a label of Lord Ganesha and a pair of shoes sporting the religious Hindu symbol, ‘Om’. Complaints have been filed at New Delhi’s Prashant Vihar police station by Naresh Kadyan, an animal rights advocate who is also a Commissioner at Bharat Scouts and Guides.
In the two complaints that he has filed, the first names a website called yeswevibe.com for selling the shoes and the second names lostcoast.com for featuring Lord Ganesha on the beer packaging.
According to India Today, the first complaint states, “Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs, violated the different sections of the laws of land, including 295 A and 153 A of the IPC.”
This incident adds to several previous cases where Indian Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj had demanded Amazon to apologise for selling tricolour doormats. And it’s not the first time when American retailers have featured Hindu gods and symbols on their products.