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Temple vandalism in Australia: India Urges Swift Action and Protection of Religious Sites

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The Indians in Australia are concerned over vandalism of Hindu temples across the nation on regular basis. People have collectively shown their disappointment in the government that claims to be multi-culture country but has taken so strict action against the perpetrators. Further, now they have strictly demanded for action against these offenders.

Earlier, the number of vandalism of Hindu temples increased in several parts of the Australia and this was all being done allegedly by Khalistan supporters. In an incident in January, Australia’s Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple in Carrum Downs was vandalised with anti-Hindu graffiti creating great stress among the Hindus.

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“I expect that the Government takes appropriate actions against this. We are Hindus and in our culture, the meaning of Hinduism is a way of life and we respect every religion,” said an Indian who resides in Sydney while speaking to ANI.

“Every time we hear something like this, it makes us concerned and worries us. As a Hindu or a Christian or a Muslim, we’re all one and we support each other. The government has to take care of this and take action against people creating problems for a particular community,” said another Indian in Sydney.

Few days before the Shree Shiva Vishnu Temple was vandalised, the walls of BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir which is built in Australia’s Mill Park was filled with anti-India and anti-Hindu graffiti. The writings were disrespectful. Patel was one of the people who experienced the horrific incident and said that it made him angry, at the same time he was scared and dismayed after he witnessed the vandalised walls of the temple when he visited the site.

Australia’s High Commissioner to India Barry O’Farrell AO had also shown his disappointment in the incidents and said that Australia is shocked after the vandalism of two Hindu temples in Melbourne, and authorities are investigating the same.

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