Rihanna, Barbadian singer, has come under fire in India over her recent dress considered offensive to the country’s cultural and religious inclinations.


The award-winning singer had on Monday shared a topless photo of herself clad in a pair of lavender satin boxers produced by her lingerie label, Savage X Fenty.

She was also seen donning a purple jewel, a bracelet and a large pair of earrings. The singer also wore a purple pendant cut in the figure of Ganesha, the Hindu god.

She had accompanied the photo with a terse post which read “when @PopcaanMusics said ‘me nuh wan ya wear no lingerie tonight fa me girl @SavageXFenty”.



As of the time of this report, her post has garnered over 45,000 retweets, 11,000 comments and 283,000 likes on Twitter.

But adherents of Hinduism, a popular religion in India, had called out the singer, accusing her of denigrating their god with her photo.

Ganesha, the Hindu god, symbolises wisdom and success. Hindus often call on the god for help when they’re on the verge of taking decisions such as embarking on new business ventures.

The development comes amid dust surrounding Rihanna’s comment which backed farmers protesting new agriculture laws in India.


“Dear @rihanna, stop mocking Hindu Temples & Gods with indecencies. You’re insulting the oldest, holiest religion in the world & hurting Hindus sentiments. We request you apologize. We know You & @GretaThunberg are paid global propagandists to incite trouble against Hindus & India,” a user wrote.

“@SavageXFenty rihanna !! stop using my religion as an aestheic !! that ganesh figurine at the end of the chain 🙁 is a holy and sacred figure for us hindus,” another user wrote.
Also commenting, a user simply wrote: “this is insulting.”

Here’s what some people had to say:


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