HJS demands action against e-com sites selling ‘masks’ resembling Indian Flag

Take legal action against Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal and other establishments that sell ‘masks’ resembling the national flag, on the occasion of Republic Day ! – Surajya Abhiyan 

The ‘Indian National Flag’ is a symbol of pride for billions of Indians; using it for anything else other than a few exceptions is a cognisable and non-bailable offence. However, e-commerce websites like Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, etc. have been selling these sensitive items in large numbers on 26th January by making masks in the colours of the Indian national flag. In a statement submitted to the Union Home Minister Mr. Amit Shah by ‘Surajya Abhiyan’ initiative of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti’s, a demand was raised that an offence should be registered against these establishments for insulting the national flag and legal action should be taken to prevent the sale, production and distribution of such masks. Earlier, on the occasion of 15th August, the above establishments had similarly made ‘masks’ in the colours of the national flag and sold them in large quantities. However, this is a serious matter and strict action is expected to be taken against the concerned establishments. 

The national flag is not a mean of decoration. The use of such masks will result in sneezing, spitting turning it into unsanitary conditions, and finally throwing them in the trash after use, etc. This is an insult to the national flag, and to do so an offence is under the Prevention of Improper Use) Act,1950. Section 2 and 5. It is also a punishable offence under Section 2 of the Prevention of Insult to the National Dignity Act, 1971 and the three Acts and Names (Prohibition of Improper Use) Act, 1950. However, the statement said that the Government should strictly implement it. 

Below are the websites and some of the links on which this mask is available for sale and their links

1.https://www.flipkart.com/kamcare-n95-ffp2-anti-pollution-mask-without-respirator-tricolor-face-tiranga-facemask-reusable-washable/p/itme9a50a42f0647?pid=MRPFZEVJTV4VVCTA&cmpid=product.share.pp

2.https://www.flipkart.com/skitter-n95-anti-pollution-mask-5-layer-filtration-nose-pin-fda-ce-approved-kn95-respirator-n95-tiranga/p/itmd57e479057048?pid=MRPFZCPCTXJEKRCH&cmpid=product.share.pp

3.https://www.amazon.in/OddnEve-Indian-National-Flag-Face/dp/B08RX6N3VY/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=tiranga+masks+for+face&qid=1611133749&sprefix=tiranga+mask&sr=8-3

4.https://www.amazon.in/LIMIT-Fashion-Store-2-Layer-Printed/dp/B0892LSR6Q/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=tiranga+masks+for+face&qid=1611133806&sprefix=tiranga+mask&sr=8-4#aw-udpv3-customer-reviews_feature_div

5.https://www.snapdeal.com/product/raunak-tiranga-mask/650206565439

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