Activist Naresh Kadyan has filed an FIR against two US-based online companies following reports that they are selling shoes and beer bottles with images related to Hindu religion.
Kadyan, the commissioner of Bharat Scouts & Guides told ANI, “I have filed an FIR against these online companies selling shoes and beer with Hindu symbols. The aim is to stop sale in India and the US if possible.”
According to reports, the two online retailers are selling shoes with “Om” symbol and beer bottles with Lord Ganesha’s image.
A case under Section 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings by insulting its beliefs) has been registered against those two retailers.
The two retailers; “yeswevibe.com” is operating out of Arizona and selling shoes with Om symbol while the other “lostcoast.com” is working from California and selling beer bottles with Ganesha’s image on it.
Kadyan said the matter should not be looked as a religious issue as these symbols are believed to be a source of positive energy.
He said, “We don’t consider this to be a religious issue because we believe that the Om symbol carries a positive energy and the same is considered with the Lord Ganesh’s figure. Every religious person believes that. We have given two days time to Delhi Police to take stringent action and if they fail to act we would again approach ministers from the BJP and the AAP Government. We will make sure that these products are banned in Delhi and as well as in US.”
He wrote the first letter to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to register the complaint against the two retailers and asked them to ensure that the products are removed from sale. The second FIR was filed at Delhi’s Prashant Vihar police station.
The complaint stated, “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.”
Last year in June, Amazon also faced rage for selling door mats with Hindu gods imprinted on it.