• Wednesday, April 17, 2024


Sydney’s BAPS Swaminarayan Temple vandalised by anti-India Khalistani group

It is the latest incident in a series of attacks on Hindu temples in Australia ahead of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit later this month

Khalistan flag (iStock)

By: Pramod Thomas

Anti-social elements vandalised the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Rosehill, Sydney, on Friday (5) with anti-India graffiti and a Khalistani flag hanging on the gate.

It is the latest incident in a series of attacks on Hindu temples in Australia ahead of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit later this month.

The temple authorities have reported the matter to the New South Wales (NSW) police. In a statement, the temple expressed deep sadness over the attack and reiterated that the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir has been a cornerstone of the local community and a symbol of peace, harmony, and universal Hindu values for the last 23 years.

Member of Parliament for Parramatta Andrew Charlton reached the BAPS Temple as soon as he was informed of the Hindu Hate incident, the Australia Today newspaper reported.

Charlton along with temple authorities helped to repaint the wall.

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Rosehill, Sydney. (Photo: Facebook/BAPS Australia)

“This morning, the BAPS temple in my electorate of Parramatta was vandalised by religious extremists. I am deeply shocked and saddened by this act of mindless vandalism. Everyone in Australia has the right to practice their faith in peace,” he was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

”At this time, the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha prays for peace and unity and has appealed to all devotees and well-wishers in the community to maintain peace.

“We are thankful to the local police command, the Department of Home Affairs, State and Federal Members of Parliament, the Indian High Commission and the Consul General of Sydney for their continued support,” the temple said.

”BAPS temples across Australia are symbols of a thriving multicultural society that nurture Australian values of respect, mateship and tolerance. We request everyone to join in worldwide prayers that God blesses and guides us all to continue to do good and think good of all,” it said.

“Officers from Cumberland Police Area Command have commenced an investigation following reports of malicious damage to a religious site in Rosehill,” NSW Police spokesperson said in a statement.

“Police are conducting inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident.” Earlier this year three Hindu Temples in Melbourne and two Hindu Temples in Brisbane were vandalised by Khalistan supporters.

In March, During prime minister Anthony Albanese’s visit to India, Modi raised the issue of frequent attacks on Hindu temples with him and conveyed his concerns.

Albanese assured Modi Australia will not tolerate attacks on religious places and that anyone responsible for such activities will face the ”full force of the law”.


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