An FIR has been filed against retail giant Amazon India by Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) chief Manjinder Singh Sirsa for ‘hurting’ Sikh community’s sentiments for letting a seller put up toilet mats for sale with Golden Temple’s image on them, the media has reported.
The e-commerce major has earlier faced flak as well for letting sellers put such products for sale on the platform. Sirsa took to Twitter and posted a few pictures showing bathroom rugs printed with the images of Golden Temple on it. “Amazon is showing ‘recklessness towards Sikh sentiments’,” Sirsa tweeted.
He also urged the e-commerce giant to ban the seller and asked them to issue a global apology. Notably, this is not the first time that the retail giant has courted controversy in this issue. Earlier in 2018, Amazon was slammed by several Sikh bodies for selling doormats, rugs and toilet accessories bearing the image of the highly-revered Golden Temple and was asked to immediately remove the “disrespectful products” that hurt the sentiments of the community worldwide.
Pic 1 – Dec 18, 2018
Pic 2 – Jan 11, 2020
Only seller names have changed; the INTENTION to hurt our religious sentiments is SAME@amazon @amazonIN This time, we will ensure legal action for your carelessness & encouragement to blasphemy#BoycottAmazon@ANI @ZeeNews @republic pic.twitter.com/Yj5v4IFOqf
— Manjinder S Sirsa (@mssirsa) January 12, 2020
Prominent community body in the US, the Sikh Coalition, had said that the matter was alerted to Amazon selling doormats, rugs and toilet seat covers with the image of Golden Temple.
In another news, Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos will be visiting India this week. As per PTI, he is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and officials. The report also suggests that Bezos trip will also include meetups with other industry leaders.
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Bezos will also attend SMBhav – an event focusing on small and medium businesses in India. This event is taking place in Delhi between January 15 and January 16. Amazon however hasn’t issued an official statement on Bezos’ India visit.
Written with inputs from IANS