Friday September 21, 2018

Pakistan’s Hindus under shock: Karachi Company sells sandals with ‘Om’ inscribed on it

The 'OM' symbol has been placed on shoes to be sold in Pakistan

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'Om' Sandals in Pakistan. Image source: Youtube/Newzstreet TV
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  • ‘Om’ is the sacred religious symbol of Hinduism which talks about the oneness of God
  • In Tando Adam Khan, some shopkeepers are selling shoes on the occasion of Eid ul Azha with the Hindu sacred word inscribed on them
  • Protests have begun against the Sindh government and local authorities in Tando Adam Khan

KARACHI: Some shopkeepers in Pakistan’s Sindh province sold shoes with the Hindu sacred word “Om” inscribed on them. This upset the minority hindu community in the country. They said this action was, “ Unfortunate and blasphemous.”

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In a statement released by the Pakistan Hindu Seva, you can tell the people who have been disrespected truly just want what is right. “As ‘Om’ is the sacred religious symbol of Hinduism which talks about the oneness of God, let’s protect this oneness peacefully for the progressive and positive face of Pakistan. Let’s appeal the authorities concerned to take notice of the matter immediately to override any expected mistrust within the locals.”

Representational Image. The Hindu Community is fighting against the sales of the shoes. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

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Ramesh Kumar, patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Hindu Council, addressed this issue previously. After notifying the Hindu Community of the offenses done against their religion, he stated that they had already begun protests against the Sindh government and local authorities in Tando Adam Khan.

Kumar seems to think that the sole purpose behind the shoes is to disrespect Hindus. He stated, “It is most unfortunate that some shopkeepers in Tando Adam Khan are selling shoes on the occasion of Eid ul Azha with the Hindu sacred word inscribed on them and the purpose just appears to be to insult the sentiments of the Hindu community.”

Local newspapers have reported that the shoes have been sold in other parts of the Sindh.

-prepared by Abigail Andrea, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @abby_kono

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  • devika todi

    the religious sentiments of the people should not be hurt. i hope that corrective measures are taken to make this mistake right.

  • Aparna Gupta

    This is truely unfair. One cannot insult anyone’s religion. No religion says to do such things.

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* While going for sneakers: Sneakers can be the safest option for any festival if you are planning to wear something casual rather than going ethnic. But it comes with a few warnings: Any white shoe will automatically get dirty and some may not actually have the comfort needed to get through the entire day. Avoid slip-on styles with super-flat soles and consider with super-flat soles and consider it a support to add even more stability.

* Give your shoes a test run: This rule can be applied to any pair of shoe you are planning to wear for a big event. Give any new shoes a trial run and proper wear-in before wearing them for a festival. Even the most comfortable sneakers and sandals can initially cause blisters on the initial few tries, so make sure any final option is tried and tested before the big event.

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