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Nearly one-and-a-half months after e-commerce major Amazon selling doormats, toilet seats covers, rugs with images of the Golden Temple on its website; e-retail giant Flipkart has now courted a controversy displaying floor mat (multicolour runner) carrying images of the shrine triggering a backlash from Sikh community.

After the Sikh religious institutions filed a complaint against the company, the product on sale was removed.

On a serious note, the SGPC (Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee) pronounced to take legal action against the e-commerce company.

SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal said, “This is a blasphemous/irreligious act that has angered the devotees (sangat) and hurt their religious sentiments.”

Longowal demanded that the government should take strict action against the people and companies, who indulge in such kind of acts.

In a statement, Longowal said that lakhs of devotees come to the shrine to pay obeisance.

Adding further he said, “Not only Sikhs, followers of other religions also visit the holy place which is a symbol of communal harmony around the world. Flipkart’s act is highly objectionable.”

Roop Singh, SGPC chief secretary said that a legal notice has been sent to the company and would register an FIR if the need arises.

(Harleen Sandhu)

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