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Victory: Bahrain prosecutes woman who destroyed Hindu idols after protest by Hindus online

The news of breaking an idol of Lord Ganesha spread like wildfire on social media. It has been reported that a woman in Bahrain barged into the shop and destroyed the idols of Lord Ganesha. The video was captured while she was intentionally damaging a shop… and breaking religious idols” in the Juffair area in the capital Manama.

The police said on Sunday that the 54-year-old woman was arrested for knowingly damaging and publicly insulting a religious symbol.

“The Capital Police took legal steps against a woman, 54, for damaging a shop in Juffair and defaming a sect and its rituals, in order to refer her to the Public Prosecution,” the police said on its Twitter account.

Meanwhile, a senior Bahraini official condemned the act, calling it a “hate crime”.

“Destroying religious symbols is not part of nature of the Bahraini people,” royal adviser Khaled bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said. “It’s a crime that exposes alien and rejected hate,” he added in a tweet.

The incident took place in Manama, Bahrain where two unidentified women entered the shop in order to damage the idols. The incident has come in the series of attempts of damaging a religious symbol.

As per reports, a complaint has been registered for vandalizing the idols. People were furious when they got to know about the broken idol of Lord Ganesha. The Police have launched a probe into the matter. The incident sparked widespread condemnation on social media. Social media users are demanding stringent action against the culprit. 

Khalid al-Khalifa, advisor to the king of Bahrain and former foreign minister, said the woman’s actions were unacceptable.

“Breaking of religious symbols is not the nature of the people of Bahrain. It is a crime… of hatred and is rejected,” he tweeted.

“Here, all religions, sects and people coexist.”

Hundreds of thousands of mostly Asian workers of different religions live in the small Muslim country.

Written by Dharam Sikarwar

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.

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