Sony to review Hindus’ withdrawal demand of Hanuman video game


MUMBAI: Sony Corporation has agreed to look into the issue of objections of Hindus against their newly released controversial “Hanuman: Boy Warrior” video game for PlayStation2.

Replying to the communiqué of Bhavna Shinde of Forum for Hindu Awakening, Keita Sanekata of Sony Electronics Inc wrote, “We will review this issue, and get back to you as soon as possible.”

Advancing the protest spearheaded by Universal Society of Hinduism president Rajan Zed, Shinde earlier wrote to Sanekata asking to “look into withdrawing this game and publishing an apology, so as to prevent further denigration of our Deity Sree Hanuman and intensifying of our protests”.

Zed had earlier urged Sony Corporation to withdraw the “Hanuman: Boy Warrior” video game, saying it trivializes the highly revered deity of Hinduism.

Shinde wrote, “Using a sacred figure from Hinduism, namely, the Hindus’ revered Deity, Sree Hanuman, as a character in a video game is highly objectionable to us Hindus worldwide… As an ethical corporation, Sony is expected to treat with respect the objects and concepts held sacred by the one-billion-strong Hindu community.”

Many other Hindu leaders/groups world over have joined the protest, including Vamsi Krishna of Sanatan Sanstha based in Australia; Hindu Janajagruti Samiti headquartered in India; Hindu Alliance of India chairperson Jawahar L. Khurana; India Heritage Panel president Lila D. Sharma; Universal Society of Hinduism executive director Dharam Loonaa; and Shri Ramayan Pracharini Sabha general secretary Rakesh Nagpal; urging Sony for urgent withdrawal of “Hanuman: Boy Warrior” video game.