India asks Australia to ensure safety after temple vandalisation
The Indian High Commission in Canberra condemned the the "deeply disturbing" incidents of vandalisation of three Hindu temples in Melbourne, and asked the Australian Government to ensure the safety and security of members of the Indian community and their properties in te country.
Last week, ISKCON's Hare Krishna Temple was vandalized in Melbourne's Albert Park area, while Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple in Carrum Downs was vandalized on January 16 and BAPS Swaminarayan Temple in the Mill Park area on January 12. "The High Commission of India strongly condemns the deeply disturbing incidents of vandalisation, including of three Hindu temples in Melbourne in recent weeks. The frequency and impunity with which the vandals appear to be operating are alarming, as are the graffiti which includes glorification of anti-Indian terrorists," read a release issued by the Indian High Commission in Canberra on its official Twitter handle @HCICanberra.
According to the Indian High Commission in Canberra, India's concerns have been shared with the Australian Government, both by the High Commission and by India's Consulates in Australia, and by the Indian Government with the Australian High Commission in Delhi.
"It is hoped that not only will the perpetrators be brought to justice but suitable action will also be taken to prevent further attempts," the commission said.