India condemns hate crime at Sri Bhagavad Gita Park in Brampton and urges Canadian police to investigate and take swift action against perpetrators
Brampton mayor expressed displeasure
Mayor Patrick Brown condemned the incident and said that we have zero tolerance in such matters. He also said that the matter has now been referred to Peel Regional Police for further investigation. He said Brampton’s Parks Department has been hired to fix the insignia as soon as possible. Responding to a Twitter user, Brown said Peel Regional Police Chief Nishan Duraiappa has assured that such acts will be taken seriously and we have a zero tolerance policy for such hatred and vandalism.
Indian High Commission expressed displeasure
The Indian High Commission tweeted that we condemn the hate crime at Sri Bhagavad Gita Park in Brampton. The High Commission said that we urge the Canadian authorities and police to conduct an investigation and take swift action against the perpetrators. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs had advised Indian citizens and students living in Canada a few days ago to be alert and attentive. The ministry had said that there has been a sharp increase in incidents related to hate crimes, racial violence and anti-India activities in Canada.
Toronto’s Swaminarayan Temple was also attacked
On 15 September, she tried to harm the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Toronto by writing anti-India slogans. ‘Khalistan Zindabad’ was written on one end of the temple gate and ‘Hindustan Murdabad’ on the other end. The Indian society of Canada had expressed strong displeasure over this incident. Canadian MP Chandra Arya said that the incident of desecration of BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Temple in Toronto by Khalistani extremists of Canada should be condemned by all. This is not just a single incident. Hindu temples in Canada have faced several such hate crimes in recent times. The concerns of Canadian Hindus regarding these incidents are justified.