International pop star Rihanna sent shockwaves across India last week after tweeting “Why aren’t we talking about this? #FarmersProtest. She reacted to an article titled, “India cuts internet around New Delhi as protesting farmers clash with police.” Since then, the star has been the target of negative reactions from netizens for their intervention in India’s internal affairs.
If that wasn’t enough, the Barbadian-American singer is now facing a legal complaint filed by an NGO alleging that her brand “Fenty Beauty” uses working children to make beauty products. Scroll down to find out more.
The NGO Legal Rights Observatory (LRO) filed a complaint on Friday with the National Commission for the Protection of Children’s Rights (CNPCR) against Rihanna, alleging that her skin care and wellness brand uses mica from mines in Jharkhand where “child laborers work in deplorable conditions”, as reported by India Today.
Vinay Joshi of the Legal Rights Observatory, which is requesting an investigation into the matter, alleged that Rihanna owned Fenty Beauty does not have the certification from the appropriate agencies to certify that the mica used in its products is “child labor free.” .
According to the report, when asked about the complaint to the CNPCR against RiRi’s trademark, Joshi said, “Actions taken against the interests of India will be made equal.
Meanwhile, Rihanna isn’t the only star to have faced the wrath of netizens for backing farmers’ protests against the repeal of contentious farm laws. Climate activist Greta Thunberg, adult film star Mia Khalifa, actor Susan Sarandon, famous vlogger Amanda Cerney and many other international celebrities were facing the heat for supporting farmers.
Following outrage, the Indian government decided to suspend agricultural laws for a period of 12 to 18 months. However, farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana leading the protest, refuse to drop their demand for legal guarantees for the MSP and to repeal the contentious farm laws.
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