FIR lodged u/s 66-A of IT Act, 2009 read with 295, 295-A against ICON Shoe about image of lord Buddha on their shoes by Naresh Kadyan by nareshkadyan



SHO, Police Station, Prashant Vihar,


Subject: FIR for the violation of the IT Act, 2009 section 66-A read with IPC 295, 295-A.


Kindly refer to the media reports as given below:

The Hindustan Times: The Tibetan and the Buddhist community are outraged at a California-based
company for promoting a range of shoes with the Lord Buddha's images.
Tibetans and Bhutanese Buddhists have written to the company, Icon Shoes, to express their
disgust. They have flooded the company's Facebook page with protest notes.

       1. There was no immediate reaction from Icon Shoes. "Unfortunately, it is a basic Buddhist
          tradition to treat images of Buddhist deities with reverence. Having the images on shoes
          is disrespect to the Buddhists," wrote Bhuchung Tsering form International Campaign for
          Tibet. "Could you kindly consider this and withdraw the shoes from your catalogue," the
          Tibetan leader demanded. The North American member of the Tibetan Parliament, Tashi
          Namgyal, wrote a protest letter to Icon Shoe. "I came across shoes with image of Lord
          Buddha on it, manufactured by your company. I was totally shocked and dismayed at
          being so insensitive," wrote Namgyal. "Lord Buddha is worshiped by millions of people
          around the world including the writer of this letter... Therefore, I would like to strongly
          urge your company to recall every merchandise sold with Buddha's image and stop not
          only selling such merchandises but manufacture of such products. Above all, I want you
          to tender unqualified apology posted on your website," Tashi demanded. Based out of
          Palm Desert, California, ICON was launched in 1999 by a Hollywood filmmaker and art
          collector. "Icon is for the art lover and the woman who loves shoes and handbags. We
          support artists by paying royalty for the use of their art," the company says on its
        Facebook page. "I really think you should stop manufacturing the shoes with Buddha's
        imprint... it is totally against Buddhist sentiment," wrote one Tshewant Gyeltshen on the
        company's Facebook page."I am Buddhist. Your idea of putting Lord Buddha's image on
        footwear is unethical," said one Yoezer Gempo."Why do they have to put Lord Buddha's
        image on shoes? Among Buddhist we don't even let our shadow fall on His image. It
        cannot be ignorance since they had the guts to run a company and even call the pattern
        'Thangka of the Buddha'," wrote an angry Passang Tshering on his blog.

        The website of the said company along with objectionable material can be seen here:
            Hard copies of all relevant papers along with shoe images are attached here with for ready
            Hence you are humbly requested to lodge FIR for the violation of the IT Act, 2009 section
            66-A read with the IPC sections 295, 295-A against the company and ban the website in
            India along with facebook page -

Sincerely yours,

Naresh Kadyan, C-38, Rose Apartment, sector-14, Prashant Vihar, Rohini, DELHI – 110085.

Mobile: +91-9813010595.

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