As Hindus continue to be threatened and murdered by Islamists using Nupur Sharma’s statement as an excuse, Hindus in Australia have demanded that the Indian government should provide them with security. A rally was organized by the Australian Hindu Association (AHA) to protest against the recent murders of Kanhaiyalal Teli in Rajasthan and Umesh Kolhe in Maharashtra.
The protestors gathered in Melbourne’s Federation Square on Sunday. The lead was taken by AHA with other organizations such as the Hindu Council of Australia, Kashmiri Pandits Australia, and GHARS (Global Hindu Association for Reform and Sustainable Societies) participating in the initiative.
“A series of recent incidents have shocked the Indian diaspora in Australia. Many of us have our families back in India and we all connect back to India. People are particularly upset. Our families in India are worried and people here want to show solidarity and support to the families of those who recently lost their lives. We want to request the Indian authorities to provide swift justice and finality. The least the families of the victims deserve is this finality”, TOI quotes AHA general secretary Bharti Kundal as saying.
The protestors carried posters of Hindu and Sikh victims of terror including Kanhaiyalal, Rahul Bhat, Kishan Bharvad, Nikita Tomar and Kamlesh Tiwari. Kundal asked for the identification and prosecution of those who encourage, instigate, and tacitly support terrorist acts. She also said that a sustained campaign needs to be undertaken to identify and shame organizations, community leaders, members of the judiciary, and others who justify or excuse these heinous crimes.
Kundal further asserted the Bharatiya diaspora in Australia is worried for its family back home following the recent spate of attacks on Hindus. They said that their families in Bharat were also worried. AHA stated that they had gathered to express their support to the families of victims of radical Islamists. The AHA has also extended financial aid to slain Kanhaiyalal’s wife and family.
The protestors also paid Shradhanjali to Umesh Kolhe. Individuals brought along posters expressing their views with the intention to send a strong message. The protestors raised concerns about Hindus being murdered in Bharat in the name of religion.
Meanwhile, a groups of Hindus unrelated to the AHA protested in front of the Consulate General of India office in Melbourne, demanding that the Indian government act to protect the lives of its Hindu citizens. They were holding posters with slogans such as ‘stop appeasement politics’, ‘stop using Hindus as cannon fodder’, ‘Grow a spine…follow your Kshatriya Dharma’, and ‘Stop caving in to Western liberal pressure. Protect your citizens. Act against radicals.’
The plight of the ‘majority’ in Bharat is concerning, to say the least. The recent spate of attacks using Nupur Sharma’s statement as an excuse is a cause of grave concern and should be of concern to Hindus across the world.
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