The Mahatma Gandhi statuary was vandalised at Vishnu Mandir in the area of Yonge Street and Yard Avenue in Ontario, reports said.

India on Wednesday shared its deep distress over the desecration of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the Richmond Hillside city of Ontario in Canada and for a probe right into the criminal damage, which police stated is being examined as a hate crime.

The statue was vandalised at Vishnu Mandir in the area of Yonge Road and also Garden Opportunity, the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) reported mentioning York Regional Authorities.

“We are troubled at the desecration of Mahatma Gandhi statue at Vishnu temple in Richmond Hillside. This criminal, despiteful act of criminal damage has actually deeply harmed the sentiments of the Indian area in Canada. We are in contact with Canadian authorities to examine this hate criminal offense,” the Indian Consular Office General in Toronto tweeted.

The high commission in Ottawa claimed India is deeply anguished by this hate criminal activity that looks for to scare the Indian area. It likewise stated India has actually approached the Canadian federal government to examine and make sure criminals are taken to court promptly.

“We are deeply uneasy by this hate crime that looks for to scare the Indian community. It has actually brought about enhanced issue and also insecurity in the Indian area below. We have actually approached the Canadian federal government to investigate and also make sure criminals are hauled into court promptly,” the high commission said in a tweet.

The neighborhood cops explained this as hate and a “bias-motivated incident.” “Somebody ruined the statuary with ‘visuals words,’ consisting of ‘rapist’ as well as ‘Khalistan,” said Constable Amy Boudreau, spokesperson for York Regional Cops.

“York Regional Cops does not tolerate hate criminal activity in any type of kind,” Boudreau said.

“Those that victimise others based upon race, national or ethnic beginning, language, colour, religious beliefs, age, gender, gender identification, sex expression and the like will certainly be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the legislation,” she was estimated as saying by CBC.

“We acknowledge that community-wide impact of hate criminal activities is significant and we do vigorously investigate all incidents of hate crimes and also any kind of hate prejudice events,” she added.

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Last Updated: 14 July 2022