Last week saw quite a huge mayhem in from of Hyderabad’s Dabeerpura Police Station as hundreds of Muslims approached the station with a seemingly bizarre issue. According to the complainers, ‘Pampers’ should be banned for allegedly insulting their Prophet.
It all started with a simple drawing of a cat. If you see the packaging of the Procter & Gamble Co.’s ‘Pampers’ diapers for kids, you shall find the painting of a cat right on the package. As cute as it looks, the Muslims simply ignored its cuteness and alleged that it resembles the Arabic calligraphy of Muhammad and that P&G’s products should be banned in India.
This protest reached to a greater extent afterwards as some of the protesters burnt the packages of Pampers, thereby demonstrating their displeasure with the Cincinnati-based brand’s product. Here’s a glimpse of what the protesting Muslims felt at the uproar:
— Tarek Fatah (@TarekFatah) February 17, 2018
According to some, the lines illustrating the whiskers, nose, mouth and left eye of the happy and smiling little cat have been suggested to resemble the Prophet’s name when written in Arabic or Urdu. However, P&G has vehemently rubbished such claims.
Now, Diapers are hurting sentiments of Muslims. Darsgah Jihad-o-Shahadat group of Hyderabad protested against Diapers & filed complaint that Cartoon on Diapers resembles Mohammed in urdu. Kon hai yeh log, kaha se aate hai yeh? Meanwhile, Media asking who changes Taimur's diapers?
— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) February 24, 2018
This is weird. Activists of the Darsgah Jihad-o-Shahadat, a Muslim group on Tuesday lodged a police complaint in Hyderabad alleging that a company called "Standard Baby Dry Pants" is deliberately printing the word "Mohammed" in Urdu and Arabic on its baby diapers to hurt Muslims.
— Sonam Mahajan (@AsYouNotWish) February 24, 2018
— Pamela Geller (@PamelaGeller) February 22, 2018
According to a report, P&G has already issued an apology for the same but they have also mentioned that their intent was never to hurt any person or community. Their spokesperson was quoted saying:
The design on the Pampers Baby Dry Pants shows an animated representation of a cat, as commonly portrayed in drawings and cartoons across the world by little children…Our intent was never to hurt any individual or group’s religious sentiments or beliefs.
We respect all religious, cultures, customs and beliefs, and have been encouraged by local leaders who are also helping to clarify the misinformation circulating online
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