Northwest Asian Weekly
Despite removing over 60 doormats carrying images of Hindu deities in June after Hindus protested, President of Universal Society of Hinduism Rajan Zed said Amazon.com continues to sell products with images of deities, which Hindus find highly inappropriate.
Images of Shiva, Vishnu, Lakshmi, Ganesha, Kali, and Hanuman were seen on men’s briefs, leggings, bedspreads, cigarette cases, pants, and women’s capris, when searched on its website on July 29.
Zed, in a statement, urged Amazon and its President Jeffrey Bezos to “show some maturity,” immediately withdraw the objectionable products, and offer a formal apology.
Zed called it “shocking” that a company like Amazon would sell anything without caring for the feelings of a considerable segment of the world’s population.
Deities are highly revered in Hinduism and were meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines, and “not to be worn on your hips and legs, or to be slept upon, or to cover your cigarettes,” said Zed.
In 2014, Amazon removed the women’s leggings carrying images of various Hindu gods and goddesses, and pants carrying an image of Lord Ganesha, from its website after a similar protest.