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updated on December 03, 2003
This was the gift to the Indian
The Toronto Star, Canada's leading
daily newspaper, on the auspicious day of Durga
Puja. They published the following
blasphemous and entirely misleading picture of the Goddess Durga in the
October 4th issue.
This picture prominently appeared on 1/3 of the printed page and was probably
made bigger than the article itself.
Toronto Star selected and published this "Insulting" picture
by ignoring three following "Dressed & Decent Durga" pictures available
on Reuters that time:
On Oct 10, IndiaCause launched
Toronto Star received about 1000 to 2000 protest emails in first few
hours of this campaign.
On Oct 11, They published :
sorry if this representation of the goddess offended some readers. It was
unintentional" complete report
IndiaCause DID NOT accept this half-hearted explanation and the action
continued. The local Indian community strongly protested in Toronto. There were two major demonstrations outside Toronto Star building.
Pictures of the Protest
At last, on November 15, The
Toronto Star published an unconditional apology along with an appropriate
This apology was published in the same section where the
initial Insulting Durga image was published. The apology reads:
"On Oct. 4. the Star published a photo of an unfinished depiction of
the Hindu goddess Maa Durga. Members of Toronto's Hindu community took
great exception to this goddess being presented in an undignified manner.
The above picture shows the goddess in an appropriate manner. The Star
regrets that publication of the original photo has caused anguish and
apologizes to the Hindu community."
Apology accepted by Hindu groups
IndiaCause Thanks our readers and members for their great support. We
also thank the Indian community in Toronto for the show of strength and
unity in getting the ultimate apology from Toronto Star.
apology was published by
The Toronto Star on Nov 15, 2003.
Media Reports on december 02:
Canada daily apologises for 'Insulting' Durga
Media Reports on October 17:
Toronto Star issues apology for Insulting Durga picture
Toronto Star issues apology for offending Durga picture
Times of India:
Insulting Durga on daily kicks off row
Toronto Star apologises
for Insulting Durga picture
Protests in Toronto over Durga's photo
100 Indians protested outside the Toronto Star Building
on Oct 18
Following was the media coverage about the campaign on Oct 10:
Indians see red over 'Insulting' Durga
Canadian paper under fire for 'Insulting' Durga
Canadian newspaper earns Indians' wrath
Indo-Americans Protest the Image of Insulting Durga in
We have closed this campaign.
We had provided following details when the campaign was on:
Would Toronto Star or Reuters dare to publish a "Insulting"
Virgin Mary on Christmas Day?
If you are offended by this, please forward your comments to
(Attorney General of Canada, Ontario Press Council, Human Rights Commission, Advertisers of The Star,
The Star Management, Premier Elect of Ontario and Reuters) Also circulate this page to
your friends for their protest.
Email addresses and the sample letter is provided here:
I am writing to express my strong protest with the blasphemous
picture of Goddess "Durga" published in Toronto Star on October 4th.
Unfortunately their shameless justification published on Oct 11, does not
help resolve this issue. I am also protesting Reuters for making such a
blasphemous picture available for Editors willing to misuse it. Would Toronto
Star/Reuters dare to publish "Insulting" Mother Mary on the Christmas day?
I request that you use your influence and leverage to take immediate
and meaningful action against the Toronto Star and Reuters.
Contact #s for Toronto Star: 416-869-4300, 416-367-2000, fax to
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