A religious campaign group has urged producers of Tv series Sleepy Hollow to issue a public apology over the show's depiction of a Hindu goddess.
In a recent episode of the supernatural drama, starring Tom Mison, a demonic spirit is said to be the servant of the Hindu goddess Kali, and the depiction has upset members of the Universal Society of Hinduism, who called the storyline "highly inappropriate".
Society President Rajan Zed issued a statement, which reads, "Goddess Kali was highly revered in Hinduism and was meant to (be) worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to be thrown around loosely in reimagined versions for dramatic effects in Tv shows. Such absurd depiction of goddess Kali with no scriptural backing was hurtful to the devotees.
"It just seemed to be blatant twisting of the facts aimed at ratings and mercantile greed and maligning Hinduism in the process... Such trivialization of goddess Kali was offensive to Hindus the world over... Television should be more sensitive while handling faith related subjects."
Zed concluded by demanding public apologies from those responsible for the Fox Tv series, including Chairman Rupert Murdoch and creators Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and urged them not to "inappropriately and unnecessarily drag Hindu deities to advance the commercial or other agenda in the future".
The offending episode aired in the U.S. on Monday (26Jan15).
The actor says he isn't "holding out for more money or doing anything like that".
The drama will be making its return to the streaming service in the near future.
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