A controversy was kicked up on March 24, after an anti-Hindu statement made by Abu Amaan, who called himself an intern at Amar Chitra Katha, went viral on Twitter. Twitter users outraged over Abu Amaan’s blatant display of bigotry and called out Amar Chitra Katha for hiring him.
Amar Chitra Katha, in turn, released an official statement informing that Amaan had been sacked. It said that Abu Amaan was terminated for breaching the employment contract even before the internship period began.
The distasteful act came to the fore when a Twitter user Sai Priya shared the image of one person indulging in an obscene act.
Soon after, one thing led to another and the anti-Hindu comment by Abu Amaan surfaced. A user, Atul Ahuja, pointed out how the artist, interning with ACK, had derided Hindu culture, by mocking the architecture and sculptures of medieval Hindu temples in India.
Atul Ahuja shared a screenshot of Abu Amaan’s response to the original Instagram post, in which she was seen mocking a sculpture at a Hindu place of worship. The Instagram user had posted a picture, where she was making an obscene gesture at a sculpture of a female deity in some medieval Hindu temple. It is pertinent to note here that following the outrage, the user has deleted her Instagram account.
Abu Amaan, who describes himself as a painter, sculptor, astrophile on his Instagram bio, was quick to use this opportunity to insult Hinduism. Abu Amaan responded to the original post by writing how “I did the exact same thing when I went there”.
Abu Amaan faced flak from the Hindus on Twitter who asked ACK to take action against its uncouth employee.
The screenshot of his comment soon went viral on social media, triggering outrage against Abu Amaan and his employer Amar Chitra Katha. Following the outrage, Amar Chitra Katha issued a statement where it confirmed that Abu Amaan’s internship contract had been revoked.
It said that the artist was being sacked due to a breach of a confidentiality clause in his internship contract. The company said that the intern had violated the clause by sharing confidential information publicly, but didn’t reveal what kind of ‘confidential’ information was published. Furthermore, the internship was revoked even before the internship period began. It is also pertinent to note that Abu Amaan has deleted the bit about ACK from his Instagram bio as well.
An official statement. pic.twitter.com/LvrPNQu4Et— ACKComics (@ACKComics) March 26, 2021
The publication said that the company had a zero-tolerance policy towards any breach of contract. It urged readers to understand the full context so as to avoid the spread of hatred and misinformation.