Mahatma Gandhi statue vandalised in US; India demands action

The 6-ft tall, 650-pound (294 kg) bronze statue of Gandhi, in the Central Park of the City of Davis in Northern California, appeared to have been sawed off at the ankles and half its face was severed and missing. The statue is being removed and will be stored in a safe place until it can be evaluated.

Meanwhile, in New Delhi, the ministry of external affairs said the US Department of State has conveyed that the act of vandalism is unacceptable and expressed the hope that the perpetrators will be brought to justice as quickly as possible.
Moreover, ministry of external affairs said that
“The government of India strongly condemns this malicious and despicable act against a universally respected icon of peace and justice”.The Indian embassy in Washington has taken up the matter with the US Department of State for a thorough investigation into the incident and appropriate action against those responsible for it.

The statue of Gandhi, which was donated by the Indian government to the city of Davis, was installed by the city council four years ago amidst protests from anti-Gandhi and anti-India organisations.

Organisation for Minorities in India, which spearheaded these protests and opposed the installation of the statue. The City of Davis had however voted to go ahead with the installation.

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