Gandhi statue branded "scary" and "insulting" removed days after it was installed

5 months ago
A new statue of Mahatma Gandhi made from scrap has been removed days after it was installed after it was branded "scary" - and "an insult to the historic figure".

The huge figure was installed by the Meerut Municipal Corporation at a popular selfie point, in northern India's Uttar Pradesh and was unveiled on his birthday.

It reportedly cost Rs 1 lakh ($1,200) and was erected on October 2.

It has since been removed following criticism.

A local source said: "The face of the statue had a scarier outlook and while the idea to use scrap items was good, the execution may have missed the point.

"Due to its scary outlook, many have lashed out at the concept and said that it was an insult to the historic figure."