NEW DELHI: Rihanna's recent photo posted on Twitter raised a huge outrage among a section of her Indian followers.
In a tweet the pop star shared a topless picture of herself, wearing a statement Ganesha pendant from a shoot of her lingerie brand Savage X Fenty.
Meanwhile, just after the tweet, several netizens alleged that she hurt their sentiments.
One of the Twitter users wrote, "It's appalling to see how Rihanna shamefully mocks our beloved Hindu God #Ganesha. This exposes how #Rihanna has no idea or respect for Indian culture, tradition and our issues here."
Meanwhile, earlier on February 13, a protest was staged by a group of Jharkhand locals outside the DLF Promenade Mall here against international popstar Rihanna's cosmetic brand, Fenty Beauty.
The agitators alleged that the brand, which is marketed by a French multinational Sephora, is involved in child abuse since it uses mica, which is mined in Jharkhand and involves lakhs of children to extract it.
The protesters claimed that they belonged to two voluntary organization which work for the welfare of children, especially child labour.
Javed Malik, Chairman, Seva Sanskar Foundation, said that they will submit a memorandum to the National Commission For Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) requesting action on the beauty line.
"Such brands like Rihanna's are making their childhood ugly just to mint money through make others look attractive," he said. Malik was also displeased with Rihanna's tweet and called it an anti-national act.
Sanjay Mishra from the Jharkhand Bal Swecchik Manch said: "Such multinationals are snatching away the childhood of Jharkhand children."
Meanwhile, the police arrived on the spot and asked the participants to produce permission to protest which they failed to furnish. However, they were let off with a warning.
"Section 144 is in force in which assembly of more than four people is prohibited. Besides, they should have informed the police before holding sny such an assembly. We don't have any correspondence from them," said Surender Kumar, Assistant Sub-Inspector, Vasant Kunj Police Station.