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‘Like India…’: What Australia said over attacks on Hindu temples

World News'Like India...': What Australia said over attacks on Hindu temples

Australia’s High Commissioner to India on Friday expressed shock at the recent reports. Two Hindu temples were vandalized. in Melbourne and stressed that authorities are investigating the incident.

Barry O’Farrell tweeted: “Like India, Australia is a proud, multicultural country. We are shocked by the vandalism of two Hindu temples in Melbourne, and the Australian authorities are investigating” and India’s Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar and tagged Ministry. “Our strong support for free speech does not include hate speech or violence,” he said.

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On Thursday, the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Arndam Bagchi, said that the governments of India and Australia have discussed the issue. “Recently a few temples have been vandalized in Australia. We condemn these incidents. Both are near Melbourne. We strongly condemn these acts,” he added. , “These actions have also been publicly condemned by Australian leaders, community leaders and religious leaders. Associations there.”

Bagchi – addressing the weekly media briefing – also said that the Consulate General of India in Melbourne had taken up the issue with the local police. He said that India has also requested for prompt investigation, prosecution of the culprits and measures to prevent similar incidents.

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On Monday, it was reported that the Shree Shiva Vishnu Temple in Carram Downs, Australia was vandalized with anti-Hindu graffiti. According to news agency ANI, citing Australia Today, the act was witnessed by devotees coming for ‘darshan’ during the three-day ‘Thai Pongal’ festival celebrated by Australia’s Tamil Hindu community. .

The act of vandalism came just a week after the BAPS Swaminarayan Temple in Mill Park was defaced with anti-India and anti-Hindu graffiti.

(with input from agencies)


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