E-commerce major Amazon came under fire for selling doormats and other products with images of Hindu gods, verses from the Quran, and images of Jesus Christ on its American portal, creating furore on social media. As people noticed these products with religious images being sold on Amazon.com, their outrage soon went viral on microblogging site Twitter on Sunday, when #BoycottAmazon started trending.
Following the protests on Twitter, Amazon has been in the process of clearing out these products from its site. At the time of filing this report, a few of these items were still available on the online retailer’s US site. The Indian unit’s website of Amazon is Amazon.in.
Some websites reporting on the incident said Amazon was also selling other items like mobile phone covers, mouse pads with these images.
When contacted, an Amazon India spokesperson said in an email, “We have escalated this to concerned team, for them to take appropriate action. The items you reference are no longer available for sale.” #BoycottAmazon has been trending since early Sunday morning with many users saying they have uninstalled the app.
This is not the first time, online retailers have faced social media backlash regarding the products being sold on their marketplaces. Late last year, fashion e-tailer Myntra had faced a backlash when Hindu groups launched an attack against the company for selling bags allegedly made out of cow hide. Myntra responded by apologizing and clarified that the products were either imported or made of imported leather, which is permitted by law.
Recently, Amazon India had to withdraw products such as snares and traps after a wildlife body urged the e-tailer to take off such products on compassionate ground. Amazon India delisted about 400 such products then.