A Response to the Lord Rama Shoes Withdrawal -Hindu Human Rights (HHR) Press Release

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A figure claiming to be a representative of Minelli, the French company behind the offensive shoes of Lord Rama, has emailed Hindu Human Rights to inform us that Minelli has apparently withdrawn the said products from sale. In response to this Hindu Human Rights have replied to raise the following points:

A figure claiming to be a representative of Minelli, the French company behind the offensive shoes of Lord Rama, has emailed Hindu Human Rights to inform us that Minelli has apparently withdrawn the said products from sale. In response to this Hindu Human Rights have replied to raise the following points:

While it is positive development that you have apparently finally responded to our concerns, we have a number of points that we would like you and your company to address. Firstly, we would like you to provide details of your rank and standing within the company and to confirm that you have the authority to enforce such a withdrawal. Also, we would like a timetable and strategy for the withdrawal of these products (for example, what do you intend to do about those shoes you have already sold?). Next, we wonder what you plan to do with these shoes after you have withdrawn them from sale? For instance, it would be unacceptable if you plan to dump these shoes in another country once the publicity is over. Also, as you probably do not know, Hindus consider it a great taboo to destroy images of divinity. Hence the way you dispose of these shoes adorned with our scared images is of special interest to us and should be done with full Hindu rites. Have you made provisions for this?

Moving forward, we would like to know if your company has carried out a review to see how such products came to be sold by you. If so, do you intend to issue a report of this along with a public apology? Additionally, what processes and procedures is your company going to implement to ensure that you do not defame Hindus again?

Lastly, we wonder why you and your company maintained solid silence on this until now? You consistently ignored all of our attempts to contact you as well as numerous other Hindus. Given your track record of ignoring the Hindu community, we must call on all Hindus to join us to register protest to you and your government on Sunday 12 June 2005 outside the French Embassy in Knightsbridge, London in order to ensure that our voice is heard and that your company or any other companies do not do this again. We also urge you to think about the points we have raised and also about how you may make amends for the hurt you have caused. We would like to suggest that your company makes a compensation payment to a suitable Hindu charity which we are happy to nominate to you.

In addition to this there are ongoing issues with the rights of Hindus in France and the discrimination they face. As yet the French government has ignored our concerns. We once again call on the Hindu community to join us in protest to the French government and let the Hindu voice be heard.

We thank you for your support.

Hindu Human Rights

Serving Hindu Worldwide

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