Harrods stops selling Ganesha handbag after backlash from Hindus

Harrods has stopped selling a luxury handbag after the accessory caused offence among the Hindu community.

The bag, from the New York label Judith Leiber is favoured by Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez. It sculptures the Hindu god Ganesha into a leather clutch.

Many Hindus saw the image of the god on a handbag as demeaning and commodifying their religion. They believe in non-violence against animals, so the use of leather is considered insensitive, especially in this context.

“Our gods are not accessory fashion items, and it is highly disrespectful for them to be represented as such,” said Nandini Singh, the head of social media at Reach (Race, Ethnicity and Culture Heritage). The handbag “was mocking and demeaning our faith”, she added.

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