In another dreadful attack on the Hindu community in the United Kingdom, miscreants vandalised the Swindon Hindu Temple situated in Wiltshire and robbed the place of worship for the fifth time. The desecration of the Swindon Hindu Temple was discovered on 4 September in the morning. The incident is the latest in a series of recent vandalisations attempted on the Hindu temple.
The altar of the temple that seats deities was vandalised and thousands of pounds of cash was stolen. “It is with great regret that I have to inform you about a major incident that happened yesterday at Swindon Hindu Temple, affecting more than 10,000 people in Swindon and thousands more in the region”, said Temple Chairman Pradeep Bharadwaj.
“They have entered the main altar of the temple where the deities are placed, and vandalised that area – this is a highly sanctified and consecrated space where only priests are allowed to enter.” Bhardwaj said, “This is a matter of great concern and of utmost sensitivity for all Hindus.”
“It’s more than the cash though… ransacking the gods, idols and pictures, people are very enraged,” he said.
“This is the only Hindu temple in this entire area, the county and much beyond, and since it had been closed for most part of the last 18 months, the community was very eagerly looking forward to resume their normal activities, especially since the main Hindu festival period has just started,” Bharadwaj said.
Bharadwaj informed the Swindon Borough Council about the attack and requested an appointment with the police commissioner and the chief constable. When contacted, a Wiltshire Police spokesman said, “Our inquiries are ongoing following a break-in at the Swindon Hindu Temple on Darby Close.”