A case of vandalism of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue located outside a Hindu temple in New York has come to light. According to the report, unidentified persons have defaced the idol in the hate crime by breaking it with a hammer.
According to reports, a surveillance video shows a man on Tuesday first thrashing Gandhi’s statue with a hammer, then beheading it and knocking it down. A few minutes later a group of six people arrive and take turns hammering the statue before it is demolished.
Lakhram Maharaj, the founder of Shri Tulsi Mandir at South Richmond Hill, said, “It is very painful to see them follow us like this. Maharaj came to know on Wednesday morning that Gandhi’s statue had turned into rubble. The word ‘Dog’ (dog) was written with spray paint both in front of the temple and at the bottom of the block.”
Investigating officers said that the same Gandhi statue was vandalized two weeks ago. On demolition of Gandhi statue, Assembly member Jennifer Rajkumar said that it is really against all our beliefs and it is very disturbing for the community.
Media reports said the New York Police Department is investigating both incidents as hate crimes. Maharaj tells that many people of the community are now afraid to go to the temple. I want to know why he did this. According to the report, the cost of this statue was four hundred US dollars.
Such incidents have happened before in America
This is not the first time that a Gandhi statue has been vandalized in America. In February this year, an eight-feet tall Gandhi statue in Manhattan’s Union Square was vandalized by unidentified persons.
In December 2020, pro-Khalistan pro-Khalistan desecration of a Gandhi statue in front of the Indian Embassy in Washington, DC. The then White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany called the incident “horrible”.
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