Hindus worldwide are angry over the Bank of England’s blunt refusal to withdraw £5 polymer banknotes
The Bank of England (BOE) announced today that it would press ahead with the new £5 note and the new £10 note, despite serious concerns raised by the Hindu community.
It's caused a backlash from the Hindu comunity as tallow is rendered from beef or mutton fat.
Consumption of beef is banned from entering Hindu religious centres. And cow, the seat of many deities, is sacred and has long been venerated in Hinduism.
The BOE decision has left many from the religious community fearing that they are being ignored and disrespected.
Rajan Zed, President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that it was shocking for Hindus all over the world that the BOE refused to respect the hurt feelings of their community and decided to continue with the "objectionable polymer banknotes."
He blasted the bank for doing too little research on the “religious sensitivities” of its consumers before investing so much money and effort into the production of polymer banknotes.
He added that Hindus clearly did not matter to the BOE.
Hindus feel that they do not matter to the BOE after the decision
Mr Zed said: “What happened to the BOE claim that equality, diversity and inclusion are important to the Bank, and essential to the delivery of the Bank’s business strategy.”
He has also called on Prime Minister Theresa May and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby to intervene.
Mr Zed’s concerns are backed up by Vibhooti Acharya, president of Leicester's Shree Sanatan Mandir temple who said the revelation was a "major concern" to many Hindus.
She told Express.co.uk: "I have been following the news myself, but the issue has also been raised by worshipers and members of the public. Many are very angry.
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Trupti Patel, from the Hindu Forum of Britain, added: "Using a non-vegetarian source is totally and utterly unacceptable.
The Bank of England (BOE) announced today that it would press ahead with the new five pound note
"In this country we spend so much time and effort on interfaith matters, so much time and effort on being sensitive to each other’s needs and then, all of a sudden, out of the blue, without any consultation, these notes come out with traces of non-vegetarian material.”
But the bank fired back, saying in a statement: “It will proceed with plans to withdraw legal tender status of the £5 paper banknotes on 5 May 2017 and continue with the proposed launch of the new £10 polymer banknotes in September 2017, using the existing polymer substrate.”
It also stated: “It would be appropriate to keep the £5 polymer note in circulation and to issue the £10 polymer note as planned, in September."
The £5 polymer banknote, featuring Sir Winston Churchill, was launched on 13 September 2016.
The Bank has also announced that the £10 polymer banknote, featuring Jane Austen, is due to be launched in September 2017 and that the £20 polymer banknote, featuring JMW Turner, is due to be launched by 2020.
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