An American Hindu leader’s protest against India’s first homegrown console game appears to be gaining momentum.
As GamePolitics reported last week, U.S.-based Hindu spokesman Rajan Zed criticized Aurona Technologies’ Hanuman: Boy Warrior for supposedly trivializing the Hindu deity.
Zed’s protest against the critically-slammed PS2 title has gained support among Australian Hindus, according to a press release issued by Vamsi Krishna of Australia:
[The game is] very disrespectful, disgraceful and an insult to all those devotees of Lord Hanuman and followers of Hindu dharma.
[Sony should] remove this video game with immediate effect from the market before this causes further unrest in the Hindu community worldwide and issue an apology to all those who have been hurt by this insensitiveness.
Meanwhile, Indian site TopNews reports comments by SCEE spokesperson Atindriya Bose who said that Sony has not yet worked out its response to the protests:
Hindus in Australia and USA have started this movement and posted their requests on the web. Till this time, there has been no direct communication with the said groups and we haven’t received any intimation from them officially.
Since we are not aware of [the protesters’] exact point of objection, we are in no position to comment on our plan of action. However, we are keeping a tab of the situation and hope to resolve it soon.