21 July 2011

Group of Hindus sue New Jersey restaurant for serving them meat filled samosas

In 2009, a group of 16 vegetarian Hindus were mistakenly served meat-filled samosas at a restaurant in Edison, New Jersey, even though the menu stated and waiters explained that the product was vegetarian.

The devout group has recently been given permission to sue by a state appellate court for breach of express warranty of fitness. They hope to win enough money from the business to catch a plane back to India, where they believe they will be purified in the Ganges River.

However, other Hindu congregations are wary of the group’s intentions since vegetarianism is not required by the religion.

"This is a hypocrisy of religion and a hypocrisy of the law," Pradip Kothari, president of the Indo-American Cultural Society in Edison, New Jersey, stated, "They can go to a temple here and ask God for forgiveness. God is not going to punish you for doing something unknowingly."

Kothari continued, "God blesses you for forgiving someone.”

Whether or not the Hindu group’s intentions are good or bad, serving a vegetarian a meat-filled dish after promising a flesh-free meal is obviously an awful mistake.

Julia is a student who has a passion for veganism, animal welfare, and religious studies.

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