Indian court agrees to hear 'offensive' Australian swimwear case

The design provoked protests in India, where Australian flags were burnt. [Reuters]
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The design provoked protests in India, where Australian flags were burnt. [Reuters]

Last Updated: Tue, 10 May 2011 18:20:00 +1000

A court in India has agreed to hear criminal proceedings over an Australian brand of swimwear bearing the image of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi.

The suit was filed by lawyers in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh after photographs of the swimwear were published in a Hindi daily.

The photographs from a fashion show in Sydney last week triggered protests by Hindu groups who took to the streets burning Australian flags.

The Byron Bay-based company has put out a statement promising to halt production immediately and apologising for any offence the design may have caused.

Brett Galvin from Lisa Blue swimwear says it was an honest mistake.

"The designer really wanted to celebrate the culture of India and to bring that to the people and just absolutely adores the image," he said.

"Obviously she sees that's quite wrong now."

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