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Barry O’Farrell Expresses Concern Over Vandalization Of Two Hindu Temples In Melbourne: Police In Spain Takes Daniel Alves Into Custody On Sexual Harassment Charges

Barry O’Farrell, the Australian High Commissioner posted in India, expressed concerns over the vandalization of two Hindu temples in the Australian city of Melbourne. He said Australian authorities are looking into the matter.

Zero tolerance for hate speech in India

In the latest BNN World News, Barry O’Farrell said Australia is proud of multicultural nations like India. It is shocking to learn about the vandalization of two Hindu temples in an Australian City and an inquiry into the incidents is already on. TheFM of India, Dr. S Jayasankar, said Indians support freedom of expression. However, the nation does not tolerate violence or hate speech.

A spokesperson of the Indian foreign ministry, Arindam Bagchi said both the Australian and Indian authorities discussed incidents on Thursday. He said India denounced the vandalization of Australian temples recently. India strongly condemned such incidents. He further stated that religious associations, community leaders, and Australian leaders publicly condemned those actions.

In a briefing to the media, Bagchi said Melbourne-based Indian Consulate General discussed the vandalization of temples in Victoria, close to Melbourne with the local police. India requested Australian authorities to take quick action, punish the guilty, and prevent such incidents in the future.

An anti-Hindu graffiti was noticed on Monday at Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple in Carrum Down when devotees visited the temple for darshan as part of the three-day celebration of Thai Pongal. This incident happened just after a week of vandalization of BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Mill Park of Australia with anti-Hindu graffiti and anti-India slogans.

A devotee of Vishnu temple in Australia, Usha Senthlinathan in a communique with The Australia Today said she belongs to a minority Tamil group, who relocated to Australia as refugees, to escape religious persecution. She requested Victoria Police and Dan Andrews to nab the goons responsible for scaring the Hindu community in Victoria.

Fails to gain support

In Melbourne, Khalistan conducted a car rally on January 15, 2023, to mobilize support for their referendum. Only less than 200 people attended the rally of the 60,000-strong community in Melbourne. Makrand Bhagwat, a president of the Victoria chapter Hindu Council, said he is deeply upset and it is the second temple to get vandalized in the aftermath of Khalistan propaganda.

Daniel Alves Lands In Police Net On Sexual Harassment Charges

The police in Spain took Daniel Alves into custody on a complaint filed by a woman. She accused the Brazilian Football player of sexual harassment in 2022. According to the latest BNN News, the police detained Alves during an interrogation in a Barcelona nightclub in the early hours of 30 and 31, December 2022. However, the Catalina police have not revealed the details of his arrest. Also, there is no arrest warrant pending against the football player.

He is taken to Barcelona’s City of Justice in a police vehicle. He will be produced before the judge for the next course of action while the case is being investigated. Alves’ case is reported to the judge on January 10, after launching a probe on the complaint of a woman.

According to the complainant, the football player sexually harassed her at a nightclub. The employees of the nightclub reported the incident to the police but he already left the place. Alves will remain in police custody until this Friday.

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