The desecration of a Hindu temple is condemned by Canada's foreign minister.


Everyone should be able to practise their religion in peace, free from harassment and violence, according to foreign minister Melanie Joly.
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Graffiti pro-Khalistan and anti-India was sprayed on the wall of the Gaur Shankar Mandir in Brampton, Canada, early on Monday. Despite being partially covered by volunteers during the day, the graffiti was still there. Gauri Shankar Mandir, with permission

Toronto The vandalism of a Hindu temple on Monday in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) has been denounced by Canada's foreign minister.

"Everyone should be able to practise their faith in peace, free from violence and intimidation," wrote Melanie Joly in a tweet on Tuesday.

She added, "We have a collective obligation to reject hateful acts," adding, "I stand with Hindu communities in criticising the vandalism at Gauri Shankar Mandir in Brampton."

Joly was a leader among Canadian MPs who denounced the destruction of a temple in Brampton.

The leader of the opposition Liberal Party, Sonia Sidhu, expressed alarm about "an act of vandalism and hate" at the temple. She claimed to have spoken with both Peel Regional Police and the temple, and she went on to "unambiguously assert that all Canadians deserve to feel safe at their place of worship."

Sidhu is the representative for the Brampton South riding, which includes the temple, as constituencies are known in Canada.

Similar condemnation was expressed on Monday after it was discovered that pro-Khalistan and anti-India slogans had been painted with spray paint on the temple's back wall. Chandra Arya, a member of the Liberal Party, was one of the most vociferous.

This was the "latest in attacks on Hindu temples in Canada by anti-Hindu and anti-India extremists," according to Arya's tweet.

"What comes next from hostility on social media to actual attacks on Hindu temples? I urge Canadian government officials to start treating this seriously," he continued.

The mayor of Brampton, Patrick Brown, also denounced the incident as a "hate crime" and a "hateful act of vandalism."

The president of the temple, Dhirendra Tripathi, told the Hindustan Times that the police's inquiry into the hate crime's perpetrators had made little headway. India's High Commission in Ottawa also brought up the issue with Global Affairs Canada, the nation's foreign ministry, on Monday.

This was the third occurrence of this kind since the same thing happened to a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Richmond Hill's Vishnu Mandir in July of last year. The Peace Park of the temple housed the 20-foot-tall bronze monument. A few weeks later, in September, a similar incident of vandalism took place at the Toronto BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir's main entrance. In light of growing worry throughout the community over escalating Hinduphobia, both of these incidents also remain unsolved.

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