A life-sized statue of Mahatma Gandhi, gifted by the Indian government, was vandalised in Australia’s Melbourne last Saturday, reports have said .
The incident was reported on November 12-13, after which the Victoria police appealed for witnesses or anyone with CCTV or dash cam or anyone with information to contact the investigating authority.
Prime Minister Morrison has said he was devastated to hear about the vandalism, ABC news reported. “Australia is the most successful multicultural and immigration nation in the world and attacks on cultural monuments will not be tolerated,” Morrison has said
“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,” the Prime Minister was quoted as saying. Jason Wood, the Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs, who was also at the unveiling, has said it was a “disgraceful act”.
“Australia celebrates everyone’s culture and traditions,” he said. Meanwhile, Surya Prakash Soni, president of the Federation of Indian Associations of Victoria, has termed the vandalism as a “low act”. “The community is very shocked and sad,” he said.