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#BoycottAmazon trends for selling rugs with image of Ganesha, Indian flag

Amazon, world's leading online store is trending on twitter but in negative forms as #BoycottAmazon. The internet  expressed severe displeasure over Amazon for selling doormats and bathroom rugs with pictures of Lord Ganesha and the spiritual symbol Om apart from the Indian flag. Netizens slammed the US retailer website for hurting religious sentiments with their products.

Anab Mehdi

Anab MehdiBy Anab Mehdi

Published on 12 Jan 2020 5:20 AM GMT

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Lucknow: Amazon, world's leading online store is trending on twitter but in negative forms as #BoycottAmazon. The internet expressed severe displeasure over Amazon for selling doormats and bathroom rugs with pictures of Lord Ganesha and the spiritual symbol Om apart from the Indian flag. Netizens slammed the US retailer website for hurting religious sentiments with their products.

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One of the mats featuring Lord Ganesha was being sold by Saety Bathroom Rugs with the colour option being - Colorful Mandala Hindu Lord Baby Mat Sets - for USD 21.99. Another display picture of the mat on the website was in poor taste as well. In the midst of the controversy, a section of the internet also noticed that Amazon has been selling doormats with pictures of the Indian flag.

Here are screenshots of the products that have been sourced directly from the Amazon website.

Amazon, after facing severe backlash online, has removed most of the aforementioned products from their website as such rugs are no longer available for sale. On Twitter, in the meantime, netizens trended #BoycottAmazon furiously and said that it is "very disgraceful" on Amazon's part to sell such products.

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https://twitter.com/ArpitBhatia1984/status/1216191479007203329?s=20

https://twitter.com/Ajaypan92698757/status/1216023720872927232?s=20

https://twitter.com/Shalome211/status/1216059162146160640?s=20

https://twitter.com/mahesh10816/status/1216190563432558593?s=20

https://twitter.com/GokuSan2812/status/1216034366410780672?s=20

This is the third time Amazon has courted controversy for selling products that hurt religious sentiments. In May 2019 as well, Amazon was slammed after toilet seat covers and mats with images of Hindu gods were spotted on their website. Also, in 2017, the Canadian website of Amazon was spotted selling doormats with pictures of India's flag.

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How hard will this affect the website is yet to be figured!

Anab Mehdi

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