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Amazon faces backlash in India for the sale of shoes, carpets with images of Hindu gods

FILE PHOTO: A shipment moves on a conveyor belt at an Amazon Fulfillment Center (BLR7) on the outskirts of Bengaluru, India, September 18, 2018. REUTERS/ Abhishek N. Chinnappa/File Photo

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Amazon.com faced with a social media backlash in India on Thursday, after toilet-seat paper and other items with images of Hindu gods were spotted on the AMERICAN retailer’s website, making #BoycottAmazon the country’s top trending topic on Twitter.

Thousands of Twitter users behind the call for a boycott, with a number of tagging Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and urged her to take action against the world’s largest online retailer.

Amazon does not directly respond to a request for comment.

The episode is reminiscent of an incident in 2017, as New Delhi took the Seattle, Washington-based company to task after the Canadian website, was spotted in the sale of door mats seems to be the indian flag.

Swaraj at the time threatened to cancel visas of Amazon employees as well as the door mats were not removed from the site.

Reuters found a number of entries of the toilet seat covers, yoga mats, sneakers, rugs, and other items depicting Hindu gods, or sacred Hindu symbols on Amazon’s AMERICAN website.

Some of the items were no longer available for purchase, with the suggestion that Amazon may be the withdrawal of a number of the items, as it did in 2017.

“Until you are on this Hinduphobics Business hard they will keep on insulting your gods, your beliefs and your entire civilization,” tweeted Sumit Kandel, whose profile describes him as a film trade analyst.

Reporting by Sankalp Phartiyal; Editing by Mark Potter

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