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Etsy pulls Ganesha toilet seats following furious response in India

The wave of anger from Hindus turned ominous forcing Etsy to pull out Ganesha toilet seats

A group of people who follow Hinduism have vented their fury towards Etsy, which has now withdrawn its listing to sell a toilet seat featuring the deity Lord Ganesha.

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Lord Ganesha in Hindu religion is regarded as God of obstacles and worshiped by everyone and, needless to say, a toilet consisting of his image was bound to offend.

The listing was advertised as "but she's not just any Ganesh but a bathroom Ganesha" and was priced at $85.

The protest was spearheaded by Rajan Zed, president of Universal Society of Hinduism. In a statement, he said that an apology was in order from Etsy CEO Josh Silverman.

He also suggested that senior executives should undergo training in order to be in-sync with the sentiments of religious communities and customers when introducing new products or launching advertising campaigns.

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