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Greece orders to remove offensive Durga ads

Greek authorities have ordered Athens discotheques to remove advertisements of a whiskey brand, which used the image of goddess Durga, after it irked Hindus around the world, a community leader said on Thursday.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2006 01:35 IST

Greek authorities have ordered Athens discotheques to remove advertisements of a whiskey brand, which used the image of goddess Durga, after it irked Hindus around the world, a community leader said on Thursday.

The offending poster was removed from the discotheque as a result of direct communication from the Greek Embassy in New Delhi to the authorities in Athens to have the poster removed immediately as otherwise there would be a strong reaction from Hindus worldwide, Bimal Krishna Das of the UK's National Council of Hindu Temples said.

He said the American whiskey manufacturer 'Southern Comfort' was yet to apologise for the advert using the image of Goddess Durga astride a tiger and cradling bottles of booze in her many hands, which had hurt Hindu sentiments.

First Published: Feb 17, 2006 01:35 IST