New Delhi: In a viral video from Bahrain, a woman is seen breaking several Lord Ganesha idols and vandalising a supermarket in Manama’s Juffair.
This comes days ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi, when two burqa-clad women created a scene in the supermarket. While, one of them starts throwing the idols, the other woman records the incident on her mobile phone.
The woman can also be heard yelling at an attendant at the shop in Arabic. According to reports, she objects to the sale of Ganesha idols saying “this a Muslim country”.
This sparked an uproar on social media, and shortly after, the ministry of interior, Bahrain, said that the woman was referred to public prosecution. “Capital Police took legal steps against a woman, 54, for damaging a shop in Juffair and defaming a sect and its rituals, in order to refer her to the Public Prosecution,” it said in a tweet.
Further, Khalid al-Khalifa, advisor to the king of Bahrain and former foreign minister, said that the woman’s actions were unacceptable.
According to reports, he said that breaking of religious symbols is not the nature of the people of Bahrain. It is a crime of hatred and is rejected. He added, “Here, all religions, sects and people coexist.”