Hindu groups protesting the recent release of Hanuman: Boy Warrior for the PlayStation 2 have apparently run out of patience with Sony.
As GamePolitics reported last week, U.S.-based Hindu leader Rajan Zed said that Sony was looking into claims that the game, released only in India, is offensive to Hindus.
However a press release issued by Zed earlier this week seems to indicate that Sony will not intervene in Hanuman’s distribution. Bhavna Shinde of Forum for Hindu Awakening (also based in the United States) is quoted in the release:
So now we are left with no other alternative except to intensify our protests. Lord Hanuman is a highly revered Deity for us Hindus and we cannot accept any more denigration of Him…
We are shocked at the stubbornness of Sony Corporation not to withdraw the PlayStation2 game ‘Hanuman: Boy Warrior’ despite our repeated requests. Sony Corporation is held in high esteem the world over with high ethical principles. We were expecting that Sony would not hurt the feelings of the one billion strong Hindu population for a minor product like this game.
Although Hanuman is the first console game developed completely in India, it has received very poor reviews from Indian gaming sites.