Mass outrage gripped India after it emerged that a Chinese company has launched its products with a cover box that has an Indian national flag around it. The incident came to light after a local newspaper in Himachal Pradesh found the Chinese shoe company selling its ware in boxes bearing the Indian Tricolour.
The police in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh have arrested a shopkeeper.
Business Standard reported that the local police have imposed a ban in the area preventing all shopkeepers from selling Chinese products that demean the Indian flag.
Additional superintendent of police, Kangra, Shiv Kumar told BS that the police have confiscated the 'objectionable' boxes and is investigating the matter. "Prima facie it was found that 'Made in China' was written on shoes and investigation is on in every aspect," Kumar said
As India's Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971, desecration of or insult to the country's national symbols, including the National Flag, Constitution, and the National Anthem is a punishable offence with imprisonment for a term of up to three years and/or a fine.
— کشمیر (@icashmir) April 4, 2015
Gowtham Sidharth @sidharthancrt
Feeling rage to see Indian flag on shoe box made by Chinese. #chinaProduct #indian
manoj jacob @twitface27
Shoe boxes with the indian flag designed by a Chinese company... Wow... Awaiting the resultant brouhaha...
— Anantha Krishnan M (@writetake) April 4, 2015