India expresses concern over cartoon issue
India's outrage had been conveyed to the Danish Government both in New Delhi as well as in Copenhagen.india Updated: Feb 11, 2006 21:19 IST
India on Saturday expressed "deep concern" over the growing controversy following publication of cartoons of Prophet Mohamamd and said attempts to hurt the religious sentiments of the people should be avoided.
"The Government of India is deeply concerned about the growing controversy over the publication of cartoons that offend the Muslim community worldwide", an official spokesman said.
He said at the time when these offending cartoons were first published, India's outrage had been conveyed to the Danish Government both in New Delhi as well as in Copenhagen in October 2005.
It was suggested by the government that apologies should be sought and assurances obtained by the Danish government that the concerned newspaper would prevent recurrence of such incidents, he said.
"It is incumbent on all of us to be sensitive to the beliefs and sentiments of others and avoid all actions that cause hurt to them", the spokesman said.
The spokesman further added, "India's commitment to religious harmony and tolerance is unshakeable and actions that cause insult to the sentiments of people are not acceptable".