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Amazon Faces International Backlash After Selling Products With Hindu Gods On Them

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Amazon encountered public backlash in India Thursday because certain items featuring images of Hindu gods were being sold on the site.

Thousands of Indian Twitter users used the hashtag #BoycottAmazon and called for a full boycott of the company following the discovery of items such as toilet seat covers, shoes and rugs with Hindu gods on them being sold over the website. The boycott quickly became the top trending topic on Twitter in India, Reuters reported.

The items in question were for sale on Amazon’s U.S website and were not for sale in India, according to Sputnik News. Some items have been removed from the site while others remain for sale.

Amazon made a statement in response to the growing outrage, saying that sellers must comply with regulations or will face being removed from the platform.

“All sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who do not will be subject to action including potential removal of their account,” the statement read, according to Reuters. (RELATED: Indian Nuns Detail Systematic Abuse From Priests)

Indian Minister of External Affairs Chowkidar Sushma Swaraj threatened on Twitter to revoke visas from Amazon officials if the matter was not dealt with.

A similar incident occurred in 2017 when the Indian government took grievance with Amazon’s Canadian website selling doormats with what appeared to be India’s flag on them.

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