A life-sized bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi, gifted by the Indian authorities, has been vandalised right here in an act Prime Minister Scott Morrison strongly condemned as “disgraceful”, triggering shock and disappointment among the many Indian-Australian group.
The incident occurred hours after Prime Minister Morrison unveiled the statue on the Australian Indian Community Centre in Rowville on Friday alongwith the Consul General of India Raj Kumar and different Australian leaders as a part of a celebration of 75 years of India’s Independence, The Age newspaper reported.
“It is disgraceful and extremely disappointing to see this level of disrespect,” Morrison was quoted as saying within the report on Sunday.
He mentioned that assaults on cultural monuments wouldn’t be tolerated in a rustic which is essentially the most profitable multicultural and immigration nation on this planet.
“Whoever is responsible for this has shown great disrespect to the Australian Indian community and should be ashamed,” he mentioned.
The statue was gifted by the Indian authorities.
Victoria police mentioned an unknown variety of offenders used an influence software to decapitate the statue someday between 5.30pm on Friday and 5.30pm on Saturday, in keeping with ABC News.
The police mentioned that the Knox Crime Investigation Unit detectives had been investigating the matter and are interesting for witnesses to come back ahead with data.
The Indian group within the metropolis expressed their shock over the incident, terming it as a “low act.”
“The community is very shocked and sad. I don’t (understand) why anyone would do such a low act of vandalism,” Surya Prakash Soni, president of the Federation of Indian Associations of Victoria, was quoted as saying within the ABC report.
He mentioned the Rowville centre was the primary Indian group centre within the State of Victoria and had been established after 30 years of effort.
Australia India Community Charitable Trust chair Vasan Srinivasan mentioned that it saddens him that somebody tried to vandalise the statue inside 24 hours of its unveiling. “They were trying to cut the head off by grinding around it,” he was quoted as saying by SBS News.
He mentioned that there are virtually 300,000 Indians dwelling within the state of Victoria and “I by no means anticipated this factor may occur in Victoria.”