Canada Hindu Temple Assault: Ram Temple Defaced With Anti-Modi Slogans in Mississauga; India Calls for Motion

TORONTO: Strongly condemning the defacing of a Hindu temple in Canada, India on Wednesday requested authorities within the nation to research the incident and take swift motion towards the perpetrators. The Ram Mandir in Mississauga metropolis was vandalised with anti-India slogans, sending shockwaves throughout the Indian group. “We strongly condemn the defacing of Ram Mandir in Mississauga with anti-India graffiti. We’ve got requested Canadian authorities to research the incident and take immediate motion on perpetrators,” the Consulate Basic of India in Toronto tweeted early on Wednesday.

The incident additionally evoked sharp reactions from Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown, who mentioned that hate has no place in Canada, and police are investigating it. “I’m saddened to listen to of the hate motivated vandalism on the Ram Mandir Temple in Mississauga. Unknown suspects spray painted the partitions on the again of the temple. Such a hate has no place in Peel Area,” Mayor Brown tweeted on Wednesday.

“The @PeelPolice & @ChiefNish (Chief of Peel Regional Police Nishan Duraiappah) are taking this potential hate crime very severely. 12 Division has carried out the investigation & they’ll discover these accountable. Spiritual freedom is a Constitution proper in Canada & we are going to do every little thing we are able to to ensure everyone seems to be secure of their place of worship,” Brown added.

Beginning 2023, a string of assaults has been unleashed upon Hindu temples throughout Canada with near half-a-dozen incidents of vandalism, spiteful graffiti, break-ins and burglaries.

Final week, an unsuccessful housebreaking try additionally occurred on the similar temple, in line with media stories. The thieves reportedly fled after a safety alarm went off. A day after, the Bharat Mata Mandir in Brampton was burgled with the thieves escaping with the donation field collections, in line with media stories. The photographs of the temple wall containing anti-India and anti-Modi slogans was broadly shared on social media. 

Final month, the Gauri Shankar Mandir was vandalised with “anti-India” graffiti in Brampton, with leaders in Canada and India asking the Ottawa authorities to take the matter ‘severely’. “I name on govt at ranges in Canada to start out taking this severely,” Indo-Canadian MP Chandra Arya had tweeted.

“The assault on Gauri Shankar Mandir in Brampton is the most recent in assaults on Hindu temples in Canada by anti-Hindu and anti-India teams. From hatred on social media, now bodily assaults on Hindu temples, what subsequent?” Arya, MP from the ruling Liberal Occasion, had requested.

An unsuccessful break-in was additionally tried on the Shri Hanuman Mandir in Brampton on January 15. The Nationwide Statistical Workplace of Canada confirmed a 72 per cent rise in hate crimes in Canada between 2019 and 2021 focusing on an individual`s race, faith or sexual orientation.

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