E-commerce giant Amazon on Monday received flak for selling briefs and shorts with Lord Ganesha's image on them. Additionally, doormats with the image of 'Om' being sold on Amazon's website also raised a furore.
The doormats with the 'Om' symbol featured on some foreign websites of Amazon. Such products did not appear on its Indian website, Amazon.in.
Amazon listed a product "Yoga Lotus doormat" - a green-coloured doormat with a symbol of 'Om' in white - priced at 15.78 euros, or almost Rs 1,400.
This is not the first time Amazon has faced outrage for selling doormats with religious symbols on them. In the past, the US-based e-tailer faced similar backlash for showing golden temple, India's flag, and Lord Ganesha's photo's on doormats and toilet seats.
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Netizens circulated the 'Om' doormat and Lord Ganesha printed briefs/shorts on social media and urged people to boycott Amazon.
We too have religious sentiments. Don't violate Section 295A.— Gaurav Goel (@goelgauravbjp) November 10, 2020
The section says that any person deliberatly and maliciously intended to outrage religious feelings can be punished for the term prescribed or extended upto 3 years.#BoycottAmazon
Does @amazonIN out of balance?— Sunil Ghanwat (@SG_HJS) November 10, 2020
India is d biggest market,Yet why do you hurt religious sentiments, that only f
Hindus who are majority?
Images f deities on underwear?
This is not a mistake.
This is way of getting attention by generating controversy#BoycottAmazon@_dharam_virpic.twitter.com/JNZku2uP3q
Let’s grow this voice. #BoycottAmazon for Demeaning Hinduism. We have been silent too long & @AmazonUK and @amazon have deliberately sold products that hurt #Hindus. @naomi2009@Mahna5G@KhajuriaManu@rana1_n@deepduttajourno@loveenatandon@RecorderEllehttps://t.co/TKpHLGQkumpic.twitter.com/vKC86kRg8U— Nandini (@nanmob) November 9, 2020
Some users also likened the call for boycotting Amazon similar to that in case of Tanishq which once again had to take down an advertisement film in the face of harsh criticism online.