The Indian outrage over a racy swimsuit depiction of Indian goddess Lakshmi during Australian Fashion Week 2011 has escalated to diplomatic levels, reports smh.com.au.
The Indian Government has made an official complaint to the Australian High Commission. The Indian Consulate General in Sydney has taken the matter up directly with the designer.
The Indian Ministry of External Affairs “conveyed its deep concern” and asked “that all concerned be apprised of the Indian religious sensitivities in the matter,” a statement said.
Over the weekend, as reported by CNNGo, members of the Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party burned Australia's national flag in southern Hyderabad. In north-western Armritsar, Punjabis took to the streets for prolonged protests.
Byron bay-based designer Lisa Blue offered an apology on her Facebook page: "We would like to offer an apology to anyone we may have offended and advise that the image of Goddess Lakshmi will not appear on any piece of Lisa Blue swimwear for the new season, with a halt put on all production of the new range and pieces shown on the runway from last week removed. This range will never be available for sale in any stockists or retail outlets anywhere in the world.”
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