Amazon has landed into a controversy as #BoycottAmazon began trending on social media platforms after Hindu Janajagruti Samiti alleged that the e-commerce giant was selling 'obscene' paintings of Radha-Krishna on Janmashtami (19 August, Friday) on their website. The group submitted a memorandum to Police in Bengaluru, seeking action against Amazon India.
The Hindu Janajagruti Samiti registered a complaint at the Subramanya Nagar police station in Bengaluru against the seller and the shopping website.
In the complaint, the Hindu group said that the pictures displayed on the e-commerce platform under the title 'INKOLOGIE Hindu Gods Fine Arts painting' hurt the religious sentiments of crores of Hindus.
At a time when crores of Hindus celebrated Krishna Janmashtami, Amazon's plans to sell the obscene pictures could be attributed only to ulterior motives and it is against the law under IPC sections 295, 295 A and 298, the group said.
The Hindu organisation later said that as the controversy escalated over the painting on sale, Amazon removed it from its list. The Hindu group tweeted, "Hindu unity triumphs again! @amazonIN & @exoticindiaart quietly withdraw (the) obscene painting of #ShriKrishna & Radhaji. But this is not enough. Both Amazon & Exotic India must tender unconditional apology & pledge not to hurt sentiments of Hindus ever again."
Under the Janmashtami sale, the painting was available also on the website of Exotic India. The seller removed the image and apologised too.
This is hardly the first time that a seller and shopping apps have caused an affront to the Hindu community. Amazon was, during its initial years in India, infamous for frequently hosting sellers that depicted Hindu gods, goddesses and objects of reverence on toilet seats, doormats, undergarments etc. They would do it often with the Indian national flag too.