The cultural values of certain places can at time become a hassle for business activities. In one such case, A complaint was filed against ecommerce players Amazon India, eBay and Shopclues and their Managing Directors about an objectionable post about the online sale of ashtrays portraying a naked woman, earlier in June this year. The case came up before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Babru Bhan, who sought an action taken a report (ATR) from the Delhi Police on the plea for lodging FIR against them.
The complaint lodged by advocate Gaurav Gulati has sought registration of FIR for offences punishable under sections 107 (Abetment of an offence), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 293 (sale of obscene objects to young person) of the IPC. In addition, the complaint also invokes relevant provisions of Indecent Representation of Women Act and the Information Technology Act.
The complaint alleged that as per media reports published in June this year, the online shopping portals were “selling nude woman figurine ash-tray which was indecent”, which received huge flak on social media. At that time Amazon had removed the objectionable product and stated,
“Amazon operates an online marketplace in India. Sellers selling their products through the amazon.in marketplace are solely responsible for all necessary product compliance and are required to sell products which are legally allowed to be sold in India. Whenever concerns about the listed products get raised, we review the case with the sellers. In this case, the said products are no longer available for sale.”
The court has asked Delhi police to present the Action Taken Report regarding the case by October 30, 2017.