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South African Hindus outraged by offensive photos of deities

Johannesburg: Hindu groups in South Africa have expressed outrage at photographs taken at a music festival which depict models in provocative positions, posing with t-shirts featuring various Hindu deities.  The photographs posted on a website
PTI January 16, 2014 17:54 IST
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Johannesburg: Hindu groups in South Africa have expressed outrage at photographs taken at a music festival which depict models in provocative positions, posing with t-shirts featuring various Hindu deities.  

The photographs posted on a website showed several models stretching out their hands pretending to be a six-limbed deity.

Another picture showed a model lifting her t-shirt as she stands against paintings of Hindu deities.  

The pictures were taken at a music festival during New Year festivities.

The National community leaders have unanimously condemned these actions, but the photographer defended saying it was within the rights to freedom of expression.  

South African Tamil Federation President Karthi Moothsamy said his organisation would pursue the matter with both the ruling African National Congress and government institutions.