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Mahatma Gandhi’s statue was vandalized in Canada, leaving India “furious.”

A Hindu temple in Ontario, Canada saw the desecration of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi. India has labeled the act of “terrorizing” the Indian community as a “hate crime.” India expressed its “deep anguish” over the vandalism of a Mahatma Gandhi statue in Ontario, Canada, on Thursday.

Statue of Mahatma Gandhi vandalized in Canada

According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), citing York Regional Police, the statue was found vandalized on Wednesday. It is situated in a peace park at the Hindu temple Vishnu Mandir in Richmond Hill. According to the CBC, police are treating the vandalism as a “hate bias-motivated incident.” Gandhi is widely recognized with guiding India toward independence from British colonial authority in 1947 through nonviolent means.

“We are deeply anguished by this hate crime that seeks to terrorize the Indian community. It has led to increased concern and insecurity in the Indian community here,” the Indian High Commission in Canada said in a statement on Twitter.

The High Commission further stated that it has contacted the Canadian government to “guarantee culprits are brought to justice expeditiously” and to conduct an investigation into the incident. According to York Regional Police spokeswoman Constable Amy Boudreau, the statue was vandalized with “graphic language,” including “rapist” and “Khalistan.” The concept of Khalistan is a self-governing Sikh nation that is distinct from India.

“We are saddened by the destruction of the Mahatma Gandhi statue at the Richmond Hill Vishnu temple. The Indian community in Canada has been deeply wounded by this violent, malicious act of destruction “The Indian Consulate General in Toronto released a statement. To look into this hate crime, we are in touch with Canadian authorities.

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