Hindu Leaders Reject Apology from ITV Over Show Depicting Hindu Statue as Weapon

December 1, 2004

Source: BBC News


On December 1, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Hindu leaders have rejected an apology from Coronation Street after a scene showed a Hindu statue used as a weapon. Viewers saw Maya threaten Sunita with a statue of Hindu god Lord Ganesh as part of a long running plot line. ITV apologised for any offence caused but said it was clear 'Maya's actions were that of a deranged woman'. Ramesh Kallidai, secretary of The Hindu Forum of Britain said: 'The apology is not unconditional, it makes a justification for the behaviour.' He added: 'This is not acceptable to us.' The scene showed Maya ordering a cowering Sunita to be submissive or her husband would come home to find Sunita had been 'beaten to death by Ganesh, the God of good fortune.'"