US based online retailers sued for defaming Hindu religious symbols

February 22, 2017, 12:48 pm
US based online retailers sued for defaming Hindu religious symbols
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US based online retailers sued for defaming Hindu religious symbols

US based online retailers sued for defaming Hindu religious symbols

Two US-based online retailers have come under the the radar for selling products that offend the beliefs of the Hindu community by selling beer with Lord Ganesha's picture on its label and footwear sporting the 'Om' symbol.

Naresh Kadyan, Bharat Scouts and Guides commissioner lodged complaints against the website yeswevibe.com for selling shoes with the Om symbol and another against lostcoast.com for using Lord Ganesha's image on beer bottle packaging and labels.

Kadyan wrote his first complaint letter to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to register an FIR against the websites and asked them to ensure that the products are removed from sale.

The second complaint was filed at Delhi's Prashant Vihar police station, in which it was stated that the symbol Om is affiliated with religious feelings and beliefs of Hindu communities across the globe.

“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,” reads the complaint.

Earlier in June, 2016, Amazon also faced ire of the people for selling door mats with Hindu gods printed on them.

Matters got worse after Islamic themed doormats were also spotted online.

Later Amazon had to remove the products from their site.