Disgraceful act happened in Melbourne as Mahatma Gandhi’s statue got attacked in attempt to behead it.
A life size statue of one of India’s greatest freedom fighters, Mahatma Gandhi was attacked by an unidentified group of people in Melbourne, Australia in an attempt to behead it. The incident took place on November 12, just hours after Australian PM Scott Morrison unveiled it Australian Indian Community Centre in Rowville on Friday.
The bronze life sized statue of Mahatma Gandhi which was a gift from India to celebrate 75 years of India’s independence had a cut mark on the neck which clearly depicts the intentions of the mob to behead it. An unidentified group of people attacked the statue with a power tool in an attempt to decapitate it at around 5:30 PM on Friday and Saturday, the Victoria police said in a statement.
The incident triggered a shock wave and disappointment among the Australian Indian community while PM Scott Morrison expressed his disappointment towards the act. “It is disgraceful and extremely disappointing to see this level of disrespect. Whoever is responsible for this has shown great disrespect to the Australian Indian community and should be ashamed,” he said.
“Australia is the most successful multicultural and immigration nation in the world and attacks on cultural monuments will not be tolerated”, he further added. Chairman of Australia India Community Charitable Trust Vasan Srinivasan called the incident a complete shock as there are more than 3,00,000 Indians residing in Victoria.
As fas as the investigation of the disgraceful incident is concerned the Victorian Police is urging the witnesses to come forward and help in the investigation process.