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Hindu temple vandalised in US


WASHINGTON: In a hate crime, a Hindu temple has been vandalised in the US state of Kentucky through miscreants who sprayed black paint at the deity and left a knife stabbed right into a chair in the primary corridor.


The incident came about between Sunday evening and Tuesday morning at the Swaminarayan Temple within the Louisville city.

According to native media report, vandalism led to deity symbol sprayed with black paint, broken home windows, walls spray-painted with inappropriate messages and graffiti. A knife was once stabbed within the chair, and cabinets were emptied.

The incident has despatched surprise waves through the Indian-American neighborhood in Louisville Kentucky.

Authorities are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

Condemning the incident of vandalism, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer known as upon the town residents to get up in contrast hatred.

"Anytime we see hatred or bigotry we will stand against it. The cowards who did this have only given our community more fuel and determination to embrace compassion, understanding, and each other," Fischer stated as he visited the vandalised temple Wednesday.

"Sometime between the end of services at the Swaminarayan Temple on Bardstown Road on Sunday and the time a repairman arrived on Tuesday morning, vandals broke into a window and vandalised spots throughout the building," he stated.

The vandalism of this temple, Fischer stated is another instance of the paintings "we still have to do as a city and a nation to make sure we live to our ideals of equality, of a country where everyone is treated with the respect we all deserve."

Fischer stated that the vandals wrote "repugnant messages of hate."

"Regardless of what religion you are, this should not happen," Raj Patel from the Swaminarayan temple stated.

"We come here to worship. We should not have to turn our backs to see who is behind us, but we should be happy to come here and worship in peace," he added.

Describing the desecration as "heartbreaking", Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad informed reporters that the police will supply further security to the temple.

"What I'm here to do today is to assure everyone that attends this temple that we will do our best to find and hold accountable the person or persons who committed this vandalism and this hate crime," Conrad stated.


Kentucky State Representative Nima Kulkarni, the primary Indian-American elected to the Kentucky General Assembly, stated the vandalism was once an "act of intimidation designed to weaken our faith and community".


There has been a lot of such incidents throughout the US in previous years.


In April 2015, a Hindu temple in north Texas has been vandalised with nasty pictures spray-painted on its walls.


In February 2015, Hindu temples in Kent and the Seattle Metropolitan area were additionally vandalised.


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