A prominent Indian businessman in the UAE has apologised for"unintentionally hurting religious sentiments" through his poem,which alluded to a Muslim religious group, according to a media report.
Sohan Roy, founder chairman of Sharjah-based Aries Group, ina Facebook live video on Saturday, apologised for his "Islamophobic"post, The Gulf News reported.
In his native Malayalam language poem titled 'Viddi Janman'(Fool's life), Roy said religion had made people blind as they were ignoringcoronavirus restrictions in the name of God.
After facing severe backlash, Rao removed the poem from hisFacebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.
However, the poem went viral within days of being posted onthe internet.
Though the poem did not name any community, imagesaccompanying it in the background showed a preacher leading a crowd ofblindfolded men wearing kurta pyjama and skull caps.
The illustration alludes to members of the Tablighi Jamaat,who have emerged as the prime suspects among potential coronavirus carriers,not just in India, but in Pakistan, Malaysia and Brunei.
Roy said the image used with the poem was a mistake on partof his graphic designer based in Kerala.
"There was no malicious intent. It was an honestmistake. That said, I take full responsibility of what has happened. I am sorryif I have unknowingly hurt any religious sentiments. I don't want to be draggedinto a controversy.
"As soon as I realised that people had been offended I dida Facebook live video and apologised," Rao was quoted as saying by thepaper.