Amazon removes underwear and doormat listings with Hindu symbols after India’s reaction

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Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday it had removed lists of products such as briefs and doormats with sacred Hindu symbols, which were sold on its sites Web overseas, following a social media furore in India.

#BoycottAmazon was one of the hottest topics on Twitter in India, with users sharing screenshots of Amazon listings of doormats and underwear emblazoned with insignia, including the elephant god Ganesha and other symbols, which Hindus consider sacred. “We are removing the products in question,” Amazon said in a statement. “All sellers must follow our sales guidelines and those who do not will be subject to action, including the potential deletion of their account.”

To be sure, several of the product listings on sites Amazon’s webs are controlled by the sellers and not directly by the company. But episodes like this threaten to disrupt business and sour public sentiment in India for global companies like Amazon.

In 2017, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi `threatened to cancel the visas of Amazon employees in the country if it did not stop the sale of doormats resembling the tricolor of India on its site Canadian web. The retail giant once again angered Indian customers in 2019 after toilet seat covers and other items featuring images of Hindu gods were spotted on its site American web.

On both occasions he deleted the product lists. “Dear Indians, if your religious sentiment has been hurt, file a complaint with the cyber police or the local police station,” Gaurav Goel, a spokesperson for India’s ruling party Bharatiya Janata, tweeted on Tuesday.

India is a key growth market for Amazon, where the company has pledged to spend more than $ 6 billion. In addition, Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing unit of the US company, is expected to invest 207.61 billion rupees ($ 2.80 billion) in southern Telangana state to set up a cluster of centers. of data. ($ 1 = 74.1551 Indian rupees)

News Highlights:

  • Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday it had removed lists of products such as briefs and doormats with sacred Hindu symbols, which were sold on its sites Web overseas, following a social media furore in India. #BoycottAmazon was one of the hottest topics on Twitter in India, with users sharing screenshots of Amazon listings of doormats and underwear emblazoned with insignia, including the elephant god Ganesha and other symbols, which Hindus consider sacred.
  • Amazon removes underwear and doormat listings with Hindu symbols after India’s reaction
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