MTV India offices attacked

'On the Job' poster offended Sikhs

NEW DELHI -- A group 70 Sikhs were arrested Tuesday for attacking the offices of MTV Networks India in Mumbai in protest over a poster for the reality show "On the Job 2."

The attack was prompted by a poster showing a woman massaging a man while a Sikh man looks on through a half-open door.

"Jobs your parents won't understand," is the tagline for the show about career choices.

Protesters smashed windows with rocks, tore banners and damaged furniture in the MTV office in India's financial and entertainment capital, police inspector Raju More said.

"We have no idea about their objective or motive behind this act," MTV India vp and GM Ashish Patil said in a statement.

The protesters said that the posters offend Sikhs, More said. Sikhs, whose men are recognizable by their turbans and beards, comprise more than 2% of India's 1.1 billion people.

Police released the protesters on bail.

Satish Maneshinde, MTV's attorney in Mumbai, called it an unfortunate incident. He said no one was injured.

Last week, some members of the Sikh community issued a statement against the portrayal of Sikhs in the upcoming film "Singh Is King," starring top actor Akshay Kumar.

Kumar issued an apology and producer Vipul Shah said that changes were made and approved by Sikh community members who sit on the Censor Board of Film Certification. Co-produced by Adlabs Films, "Singh" opens Aug. 8.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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