Police complaint filed against Amazon for “promoting enmity on grounds of religion”

Noida police registered a case against US e-commerce firm for allegedly hurting “Hindu sentiments” after rugs and toilet seat covers with pictures of Hindu gods were available for sale on its US website.

The world’s largest e-commerce giant faced a huge backlash on social media this week, as users tweeted to “#BoycottAmazon”. The company issued a statement saying all sellers must follow the company’s selling guidelines and those who do not comply will be subject to action, including potential removal of their account.

The products that were in question were removed from the stores website.

The complaint registered with police against for promoting enmity and difference among people on ground of religion. The case was registered under section 153A of the Indian Penal Code, which deals with promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony.

This is somewhat a repeat episode after an incident in 2017, that time Indian government threatened to rescind visas of Amazon employees if the doormats with Indian flag prints were not removed from its site.

Source : Various