Amazon has been facing a huge backlash from the Sikh community for reportedly selling doormats, rugs and toilet accessories with the image of the sacred Golden Temple. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday also slammed the makers of the products that hurt the religious sentiments of the Sikh community.
Taking to Twitter, Captain Amarinder Singh wrote to condemn the use of pictures of the Sri Darbar Sahib on the products. He called out the makers of the product, demanding withdrawal of the seat and an apology.
Furthermore, US-based prominent Sikh body named the Sikh Coalition also wrote to Amazon asking the online retail giant to prohibit the sale of culturally inappropriate and derogatory products on its website.
"It has come to our attention that several sellers are posting products onto your platform that culturally appropriate the imagery of the Golden Temple and spiritual imagery of other eastern cultures," The Sikh Coalition's Senior Manager of Advocacy & Policy Sim Singh said in the letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Senior Vice President & General Counsel David Zapolsky.
Later, the civil and legal rights organisation took to Twitter to state that in the hours since the outrage broke out, several pages featuring the 'offensive merchandise' were removed from the online retail giant's website.