Hindu temple vandalised in Texas, devil worship symbols spray-painted
A Hindu temple in the US has been vandalised with nasty images spray-painted on its walls, the latest such incident in the country.world Updated: Apr 20, 2015 21:48 IST
A Hindu temple in the US has been vandalised with nasty images spray-painted on its walls, the latest such incident in the country.
The number '666' and an upside down cross was spray-painted on the door of the temple in Old Lake Highlands, north Texas.
Krishna Singh, who is on the temple's board, said they discovered the graffiti last Monday.
"That was a big shock, really...The whole thing has been very disturbing to the community," the11CBS network in Dallas-Fort Worth area network quoted her as saying.
"It makes me sad inside," a nine-year-old child, Gracie Reed, told 11CBS. "To me, it's really horrifying because I don't know who would do this to a church," the child said referring to the house of worship.
Dallas police sent out detectives with the gang unit who are still searching for suspects.
Now devotees will build a fence around the entire property to keep vandals out.
Both Hindus and non-Hindus have offered to help the temple clean the damage.
This is the third such incident in the US in three months. Two temples were vandalised in Washington state in February.
On February 15, unidentified miscreants sprayed 'swastika' and painted "Get Out" on one of the walls of the Bothell Hindu Temple in the Seattle Metropolitan area.
On February 26, vandals used bricks to break several windows and then painted the word "fear" on the wall of the Kent Hindu Temple.
Vandals target a Old Lake Highlands Hindu temple with anti-religious & gang graffiti. Neighbors are appalled. pic.twitter.com/MLugOmtEh5— Zahid Arab (@ZahidArabFox4) April 17, 2015
While the administration of President Barack Obama, who has criticised India over religious tolerance has not reacted to the Texas vandalism, non-Hindu neighbours have offered to help the temple.
Ted Hoffman, who lives across from the temple, told 11CBS, "We all find it appalling" and the neighbours have offered to help paint over the symbols.
The gesture of help from neighbours was welcomed by Hindus. WFAA quoted the temple treasurers Karen Snorton as saying she found the offer reassuring. "They've been here so that's a positive thing that's come out of all of this."
The temple supports community charities like food banks for the poor and an organisation that helps victims of child abuse.
Snorton told WFAA that MS-13 was spray-painted on one of the sheds. MS-13 is the abbreviated name and tag or signature of Mara Salvatrucha. The "666" and an upside cross painted on the temple door purportedly symbolise devil worship.
Some religious leaders in the US, including a former candidate for the Republican Party's presidential nomination, Pat Robertson, have called Hinduism "demonic".
( inputs from PTI and IANS)