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Call for harsher penalties for sacrilege act

07:20 Mon Jan 01, 2018

Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Praneeta Prakash

Religious organizations are calling for harsher penalties for those involved in sacrilege acts.

There have been two incidents of sacrilege recently where temples were broken into, idols were damaged and swear words written on the walls.

A temple in Waila Nausori was broken into last week and a week before that the Votualevu Tirath Dham Temple in Nadi was broken into the third time.

Sanatan Dharm Pratinidhi Sabha Fiji Secretary Virendra Lal says they strongly condemn any act of sacrilege and religious intolerance.

He says it is very disappointing to see that places of worship are vandalized and that any act of sacrilege is deplorable and Sanatan Fiji is urging all Fijians to condemn religious intolerance in the strongest terms.

Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho says such acts are unacceptable and those involved will be brought to justice.

“If people are doing that based on their religion then they do not have a good understanding of what their religion is all about, it’s about tolerance and everybody being responsible for each other. There has been rhetoric at certain religious commodities in Fiji, we will go out an investigate those hate speeches and things like that and those antagonizing all these differences, we are there we are working on it meticulosity so that when it goes to court it sticks.”

The Vishva Hindu Parishad Fiji is also calling on temple committees to be vigilant and if possible install cameras to prevent or at least assist in catching the intruders.

The Hindu organization urges all committees to refrain from keeping monies and valuable items inside their temples.

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