AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER OVER VANDALIZATION OF HINDU TEMPLE: “AUSTRALIA WON’T TOLERATE HATE SPEECH OR VIOLENCE”

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New Delhi: Australia denounced the destruction of a Hindu temple that had been defaced with anti-Indian graffiti in Melbourne’s Albert Park on Monday and declared that the nation will not accept hate speech or acts of violence.

“The heedless destruction of Hindu temples in Victoria worries me greatly. Australian authorities are looking into the matter as they do not accept hate speech or violence “In a statement sent to the media, Barry O’Farrell said.

The Indian diaspora are treasured and significant contributors to our vibrant and resilient multicultural society, he continued, quoting Australia’s Foreign Minister.

Farell added that Australia respects and appreciates inclusiveness and diversity, upholds the right of individuals to peacefully demonstrate, and encourages the expression of ideas without resorting to violence.

In order to foster community cohesion, the Australian Government will continue to collaborate closely with religious leaders, he stressed.

Noting that this is the third time the Australian temple has been vandalised is important.

Following the vandalism of the Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple in Carrum Downs, the Hare Krishna Temple was vandalised.

In the wee hours of Monday morning, the management of Melbourne’s International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) temple, commonly known as the Hare Krishna Temple, discovered anti-Indian graffiti on the temple walls.

Bhakta Das, the director of communication for the ISKCON temple, said in an interview with The Australia Today that they had reported the incident to Victoria Police because they were “shocked” by the lack of respect for the house of worship.

With this clear lack of care for the house of worship, Das remarked, “We are startled and angry.”

Earlier, anti-Hindu graffiti was written on the Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple in Australia’s Carrum Downs. The incident was discovered on January 16 when temple visitors arrived for “darshan” during the three-day “Thai Pongal” holiday being observed by the Tamil Hindu community in Australia.

Anti-Indian elements vandalised the BAPS Swaminarayan Temple on January 12 in Melbourne’s Mill Park neighbourhood, according to a story in The Australia Today. Anti-Indian sentiments were inscribed on the temple’s walls.

Patel, a bystander who did not want to provide his first name to The Australia Today, said how he visited the site on Thursday and saw the temple’s walls had been vandalised.

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