Australia: A few days after the Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple in Victoria was vandalised with identical messages, a temple in Albert Park, Melbourne, was defiled with anti-India and pro-Khalistan graffiti.
There have been three similar attacks on Hindu temples this month in Australia.
As per a report by The Australia Today, “Khalistan Zindabad” graffiti was scrawled on the wall of Melbourne’s Iskcon temple, a well-known hub of the Bhakti Yoga movement.
The report stated that the temple’s administrators expressed shock and fury at the disrespect for a house of worship.
The attack occurred just two days after Victorian leaders from several faiths met urgently with the Victorian Multicultural Commission to discuss a pattern of vandalism.
Iskcon temple supporter and IT professional Shivesh Pandey claimed that a number of individuals have been pursuing a “hate-filled” agenda against the Hindu community and that the Victoria Police had done nothing to address the situation or take stern punishment against the perpetrators.
A day after the Victorian multifaith leaders conducted an urgent meeting with the Victorian Multicultural Commission, the ISKCON temple was vandalised, according to sources. The commission issued a statement after which it denounced the destruction of Hindu temples in Mill Park and Carrum Downs.
The Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple in Carrum Down was vandalised on January 16, thus, this wasn’t the first event to occur. Due to the three-day “Thai Pongal” holiday, pilgrims had come to the temple at the time of the tragedy. The Tamil community in Australia participated in the festival.
A few anti-Indian individuals destroyed the Melbourne Swaminarayan Temple in the Mill Park neighbourhood on January 12, 2023. The neighbour who lived next to the park and saw the incident reported that when he arrived at the temple, he saw that it had been defaced with hateful graffiti from Khalistan directed at Hindus.
He also expressed his anger and outrage over actions taken by proponents of Khalistan against the Hindu community.