Source: News Bharati English20 Apr 2015 14:43:38
Dallas (Texas), April 20: Hindus in the USA are highly concerned after reports of vandalizing of North Texas Hindu Mandir in Dallas on April 13.
According to the World Hindu News (WHN) this incident happened close at the heels of reported vandalizing of two Hindu temples in Seattle metropolitan area of Washington State in February last, where words like "GET OUT" and "FEAR" were scrawled on the temple walls.
Those who indulged in this racial act, painted nasty images on the door of the temple located at Old Lake Highlands, north Texas.
“It makes me sad inside, said 9 year old Gracie Reed. “To me, it’s really horrifying because I don’t know who would do this to a church.”
Krishna Singh, who is on the temple's board, said they discovered the graffiti on Monday.
"That was a big shock, really...The whole things has been very disturbing to the community," CBS Local quoted Singh as saying.
Neighbors are upset, too. “The sentiment of the neighborhood is that we all find it appalling,” said Ted Hoffman, who lives across the street.
Hoffman said neighbors have offered to help paint over the symbols.
Singh says, the temple wants to add surveillance cameras, better lighting, and a fence to prevent this from happening again.
A believer in karma, though, he says he won’t lose sleep waiting for the person responsible to be caught.
“The forces will take care of it. We don’t have to worry about that.”
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 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.