There was a protest against international popstar Rihanna’s cosmetic brand, Fenty Beauty, by a group of locals from Jharkhand outside the DLF Promenade Mall here.
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The agitators alleged that the brand, marketed by a French multinational Sepora, is involved in child abuse because it uses asbestos, which is mined in Jharkhand and involves millions of children, to extract it.
The protesters claimed that they belonged to two voluntary organizations that work for the welfare of children, particularly child labor.
Chairman of Seva Sanskar Foundation, Javed Malik said that they would submit a memorandum to the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) requesting action on the beauty line.
He said, “Brands like Rihanna are making their childhood ugly to make others attractive.”
Malik was also unhappy with Rihanna’s tweet and called it an anti-national act.
“The childhood of Jharkhand’s children is being snatched away,” said Sanjay Mishra of the Jharkhand Bal Swatchari Manch.
Meanwhile, the police reached the spot and asked the participants to allow the protest, which they failed to present.
However, he was warned and released.
Assistant Sub-Inspector, Surendra Kumar said, “Section 144 is in force, prohibiting the assembly of more than four people. Besides, they should inform the police before any such assembly. We have no correspondence.” , Vasant Kunj Police Station.
Rihanna’s brand for using mica from Indian mines is under the purview of NCPCR, where child laborers, who work under severe conditions.
NCPCR has received a complaint from the Legal Rights Observatory (LRO) NGO against the beauty brand.
The news came after Rihanna tweeted about the protest against farmers in India.
Some other international celebrities, such as climate change activist Greta Thunberg, also expressed support for the farmers’ protest.
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