New Delhi, Jan 12: An FIR has been filed against retail giant Amazon India by Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) chief Manjinder Singh Sirsa for 'hurting' Sikh community's sentiments for letting a seller put up toilet mats for sale with Golden Temple's image on them, the media has reported. The e-commerce major has earlier faced flak as well for letting sellers put such products for sale on the platform. Amazon Great Indian Sale 2020 Starts From January 19; Exciting Deals & Massive Discounts on Smartphones, Electronics, TVs & Fashion.
Sirsa took to Twitter and posted a few pictures showing bathroom rugs printed with the images of Golden Temple on it. "Amazon is showing 'recklessness towards Sikh sentiments'," Sirsa tweeted.
Tweets By Manjinder Singh Sirsa:
Pic 1 - Dec 18, 2018
Pic 2 - Jan 11, 2020
Only seller names have changed; the INTENTION to hurt our religious sentiments is SAME@amazon @amazonIN This time, we will ensure legal action for your carelessness & encouragement to blasphemy#BoycottAmazon@ANI @ZeeNews @republic pic.twitter.com/Yj5v4IFOqf
— Manjinder S Sirsa (@mssirsa) January 12, 2020
I have filed an FIR against @amazon for blasphemy towards Sri Harmandir Sahib
This time we wont leave them just with an Apology. We will ensure strict legal action is taken against both the sellers and the Amazon@ANI @ZeeNews @punjabkesari @thetribunechd @republic @ABPNews pic.twitter.com/4d7IGZ4Czi
— Manjinder S Sirsa (@mssirsa) January 11, 2020
He also urged the e-commerce giant to ban the seller and asked them to issue a global apology. Notably, this is not the first time that the retail giant has courted controversy in this issue.
Earlier in 2018, Amazon was slammed by several Sikh bodies for selling doormats, rugs and toilet accessories bearing the image of the highly-revered Golden Temple and was asked to immediately remove the "disrespectful products" that hurt the sentiments of the community worldwide.
Prominent community body in the US, the Sikh Coalition, had said that the matter was alerted to Amazon selling doormats, rugs and toilet seat covers with the image of Golden Temple.