- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Urban Outfitters removed their controversial “Lord Ganesh” socks and issued an apology to Hindus on Monday after being accused of religious and cultural insensitivity.

“We sincerely apologize if we offended the Hindu community and our customers … We will remove the Ganesh Socks immediately from our website and stores,” the company said in a statement, Philly.com reported.

The red and blue crew-length socks featured the image of Hindu deity Lord Ganesh at the ankle.

Rajan Zed, the president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, blasted Urban Outfitters for selling the socks.

“Lord Ganesh was highly revered in Hinduism and was meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to be wrapped around one’s foot,” he said in a statement, Business Insider reported.

Urban Outfitters said in an email to the group: “We appreciate Rajan Zed and the Universal Society of Hinduism for bringing this matter to our attention and for helping us understand the cultural and religious sensitivities this product carries.”