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Canada News Latest Updates : Swaminarayan Temple In Canada Vandalised With Anti-India Graffiti, Leaders Condemn the Act

The Indian High Commission denounced the act and brought it up with the Canadian authorities, pleading with them to act quickly to bring the offenders to justice.

Swaminarayan Mandir temple in Canada’s Toronto was reportedly vandalised with anti-India graffiti in a case of hate crime. The High Commission of India condemned the incident and said it has requested the Canadian authorities to probe the case.

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Etobicoke, Toronto, Ontario, Canada is a traditional Hindu place of worship that was built by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, which is headed by Mahant Swami Maharaj, is a global spiritual organization within the Swaminarayan branch of Hinduism.

The Indian High Commission in Canada brought the vandalism of BAPS Swaminarayan Temple up with the authorities.

Anti-Indian slurs were scrawled on the walls of the BAPS Swaminarayan Temple in Toronto on September 13. The Indian High Commission denounced the act and brought it up with the Canadian authorities, pleading with them to act quickly to bring the offenders to justice.

“We strongly condemn defacing of BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir Toronto with anti-India graffiti. Have requested Canadian authorities to investigate the incident and take prompt action on perpetrators,” the Indian High Commission in Canada tweeted.

Patrick Brown, Mayor of Brampton, also condemned the act and tweeted, “Very disappointed to hear of the vandalism that occurred at the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Toronto. This type of hate has no place in the GTA or Canada. Let’s hope those criminals responsible are brought to justice quickly.”

Indian-born-Canadian Liberal MP also took to Twitter to condemn the attack, “Vandalism of Toronto BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir by Canadian Khalistani extremists should be condemned by all. This is not just an isolated event. Canadian Hindu temples have been targeted in the recent past by these kinds of hate crime. Hindu Canadians are legitimately concerned.”

Ruby Sahota, Canadian MP for Brampton North, said, “The vandalism that has taken place at the @BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Etobicoke is disgusting and disrespectful. All faiths have the right to practice in Canada without intimidation or fear. The criminals behind this act should be punished.”

Brampton South MP Sonia Sidhu tweeted, “I am distraught by the act of vandalism that has taken place at the #BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Toronto. We live in a multicultural and multi-faith community where everyone deserves to feel safe. Those responsible should be located to face the consequences of their actions.”

Social media users have been sharing a video of the defaced shrine where Khalistani sentiments can be seen written on the walls. The video has since gone viral on the internet and is attracting strong criticism from netizens.

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