Several Muslims approached the Dabeerpura police station in Hyderabad this week and in a bizarre complaint, alleged that diapers belonging to the ‘Pampers’ company insulted the Prophet.
A drawing of a cat on some of Procter & Gamble Co.’s packaging for Pampers Baby Dry Pants has upset some Muslims in India, and protesters are calling for a boycott of P&G’s best-selling brand.
— Tarek Fatah (@TarekFatah) February 17, 2018
Some people have even burned packages of the diapers in public to demonstrate their displeasure with the Cincinnati-based maker of consumer goods (NYSE: PG). The lines illustrating the whiskers, nose, mouth and left eye of the smiley feline have been suggested to resemble the Prophet’s name when written in Arabic or Urdu, although the company that makes the products vehemently denied the claims.
Now, Diapers are hurting sentiments of Muslims. Darsgah Jihad-o-Shahadat group of Hyderabad protested against Diapers & filed complaint that Cartoon on Diapers resembles Mohammed in urdu. Kon hai yeh log, kaha se aate hai yeh? Meanwhile, Media asking who changes Taimur's diapers?
— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) February 24, 2018
P&G apologized, but a spokesperson told me the company hadn’t intended to offend anyone.
“The design on the Pampers Baby Dry Pants shows an animated representation of a cat, as commonly portrayed in drawings and cartoons across the world by little children,” the P&G spokesperson said. “Our intent was never to hurt any individual or group’s religious sentiments or beliefs.”
“We respect all religious, cultures, customs and beliefs, and have been encouraged by local leaders who are also helping to clarify the misinformation circulating online,” the P&G spokesperson told.
According to The Sun, users on social media were split on the issue, with some joining calls for a boycott and others saying it was an innocent drawing taken out of context.