By : Seedhi Baat
With the arrival of the Holy Ramadan, considering it to be an opportunity to make good business, many traders and business companies create variety of marketing strategies to attract the customers and persuade them to visit their business houses. The strategy includes printing of booklets of prayer time tables, handy cards of Sehri and Iftaar timings, calendars etc. and distribute them in various Masjids/Mosques. But, a Dress Material company from Chennai namely POTHYS, which is engaged in online business, has published a booklet containing Kannada Translation of Sura-e-Yaseen along with Arabic Text and has distributed in the Mosques in thousands of quantity.
Some people have approached the Editor of “Seedhi Baat” and accused the company of blasphemy making fun of the Holy Qur’an and Sura-e-Yaseen, in the name of the so-called marketing strategy. It has many errors. Without proof reading they have published the Qur’anic booklet. Moreover, it is distributing the booklet in the mosques in Bangalore, Chennai and in areas wherever they have branches. The complainants have appealed to the editor to seek explanation from the company as to whether this has been done with mischievous intention or with any other purpose.
POTHYS OFFICIALS NOT RESPONDING
Seedhi Baat Editor communicated to the Call Center of “Pothys” and has explained the issue in detail to one named Vijay, the media Manager of the said company and asked him to provide apology from the company. In response he said, this was not their mistake but it is the the fault of the printer. When asked, has the booklet been shown to any Scholar before and after its print? For this, there was no clear and convincing reply. When the editor of Seedhi Baat insisted and demanded that explanation letter or apology letter has to be released, Vijay responded by saying that after discussing with the top officials of the company we will revert to you by evening by 8 pm (i.e. yesterday as on 10 June 2018). But so far there has been no reply of any kind received nor any explanation. Vijay, who is the media Manager of the company, is not receiving our calls nor is he providing the contact numbers of the concerned officials of the Management, so as to have a direct talk with them. The errors have been found on page numbers 2, 5, 16, 22, 24, and last page number 30, the images of which are being shared for reference. The complainants have appealed that, in which ever mosque this booklet is being distributed they should be stopped forthwith and lodge a Police Complaints in the Police Station of their area, about the issue of manipulation in the words of Qur’an in the above booklet.
LEGAL COURSE OF ACTION