The world’s biggest online Shopping retailer Amazon.com has yet again found itself mired into controversy for allegedly selling the doormats, slippers and toilet seat covers with the image of Hindu Gods crafted in it. It all started after a Twitter user shared the images of such products with photos of Hindu Gods and Goddesses, angry Indians have called for a boycott of Amazon and as a result, #BoycottAmazon is trending on the micro-blogging site Twitter with over the 12 thousand tweets. Several users are tweeting along with the screenshots with the hashtag Boycott amazon show different items that disrespect India’s religious belief.
Thousands of Indian users backed the call for boycotting of the online retailer, with many tagging The Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj asked the government to take strict action against Amazon. There has been no official clarification by Amazon over the issue as yet. However, it is worth the note that these products are not for sale in India. This is how Indians across the world reacted to the sale of Hindu gods on toilet seat covers:
Enough is enough @amazon @amazonIN @AmazonHelp .
This is 3rd time you are hurting Hindu sentiments. Now get ready to face the consequences. Legal action will he taken.
Here is the thread showing all the rugs and mats you are selling printed with our Gods on them.#BoycottAmazon pic.twitter.com/W2nQT5Sj1I
— Dhruv Swaroop Agrawal (@dhruv_agrawal55) May 16, 2019
The episode is reminiscent of an incident in 2017 when New Delhi took the Seattle, Washington-based company to task after its Canadian website was spotted selling doormats resembling India’s flag.
Sushma Swaraj at the time threatened to rescind visas of Amazon employees if the doormats were not removed from its site. Reuters found several listings of toilet seat covers, yoga mats, sneakers, rugs and other items depicting Hindu gods, or sacred Hindu symbols, on Amazon’s U.S. website.