Muslims in India are setting fire to diapers after claiming that the word ‘Mohammed’ is hidden in the whiskers of a cartoon cat depicted on the product.
They complain that the lines illustrating the nose, mouth, whiskers, and left eye of the cartoon cat have a likeness to the Arabic/Urdu spelling of the prophet’s name, reports the Daily Mail.
Activists went so far as to lodge a formal complaint with the police, according to the Deccan Chronicle. Islamic group Darsgah Jihad-o-Shahadat said in a letter that Pampers diapers (owned by Procter & Gamble) ‘hurt the feelings’ of the Muslim community and demanded that the products be removed from shelves immediately. The letter states:
“Even with (the) bare eye it is been identified that the name of Prophet (PBUH) can be seen on it in Urdu/Arabic. (The Prophet Mohammed is a) holy personality in Islam (and) disrespect cannot be tolerated.”
The letter goes on to say: ‘Arrest them and punish them.’
Protestors then made pyres of the diapers in the streets and burned them. The torching was caught on video.
Uploaded by Ali Eseltürk on 2018-02-22.
Social media users, such as Nasar Alam Khan, have called for a boycott of the product to “prove our strength and the love for our Prophet.” Azam Shariff added: “Maybe it’s the fault of the creative team but whatever the case is, directly or indirectly, it’s manifesting the name of (our) holy Prophet. That is a sheer desecration, it’s insulting. Don’t use the products until they change this, until they apologise.”
Others insist that this is an overreaction, with Imtiyaz Naikoo saying: “Please grow up. It’s a cat with two eyes and a moustache,” and Amina Wani Choudhury adding: “Anything that is in your mind you can see or imagine because it’s in your mind, not on diapers.”
A spokesman for Procter & Gamble has said:
“We are aware of the false and misleading information about Pampers being spread via social media channels such as Facebook and Youtube. The design on the Pampers Baby Dry Pants shows an innocent animated representation of a cat. It shows a cat’s mouth and whiskers like it is commonly portrayed in drawings and cartoons across the world, especially by little children.
The intent behind the use of this cartoon is completely innocent and we would never intend to offend any person, religion or cultural belief.”
Hopefully none of them look too closely at their pet cats’ faces anytime soon.
feature image via Daily Mail
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