Indo-Americans Protest Canadain Newspaper's Printing of Nude Durga Image

October 20, 2003

Source: Rediff

On October 20, 2003, Rediff reported that "over 300 Indo-Canadians, carrying placards and shouting slogans like 'give respect, get respect,' 'we want apology,' gathered in front of the Toronto Star building in downtown Toronto on Saturday. Led by leaders like Labhamal Sabharwal, president of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (Canada), Narendar Bhalla, president of Overseas Friends of BJP (Canada), Anil Sarangi, a spokeswoman of the VHP who also produces a radio program called 'Radio India', they were protesting against the publication of a nude photo of Goddess Durga...They demanded a front-page apology from the Toronto Star. At one point there was an argument between Toronto Star security officers and the demonstrators...Some Sikh leaders also joined the Hindu demonstrators. 'Today they are defaming the Hindus. Tomorrow it would be Sikhs and then the Muslims,' a Sikh said."