A woman in Bahrain has been arrested for causing intentional damage to the Lord Ganesha idol in a superstore. The woman has not only desecrated the idol but also publicly insulted a religious symbol and Hindu community.
Legal action was taken against the woman
The woman who is in her 50 was summoned after the video of her deed went viral. The video was recorded in a supermarket in the Jufair region in the capital Manama.
In the video, the woman is seen standing near the rack where Lord Ganesha’s idols are displayed for the Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
At first, she shouted at the shopkeeper in Arabic to which he replied “what is the problem, I am also a Muslim.”
Grateful to #Bahrain #Police for taking action against this 54 yr old Lady demon .. notice how the store keeper says "whats the problem?Im also Muslim"
Where does so much hatred come from?
All Muslims are under radar of Islamophobia bcoz of such vile hatred in few MUSLiMS #Shame pic.twitter.com/6mGMyAJGr9
— Yana Mirchandani (@MirYanaSY) August 16, 2020
The woman can be seen in the video picking up the Hindu’s Lod Ganesh idols one by one and slamming them on the floor. Capital police took legal action against the woman. The Ministry of Interior Bahrain referred the woman to the 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.
— Ministry of Interior (@moi_bahrain) August 16, 2020
The woman accepted that she desecrated the idols. Now the woman is charged with criminal damage. A lawsuit has been filed against her and she will be tied in court.
Social Media outrage
The video was posted on social media where it sparked outrage. Some people presented their thoughts saying all Muslims are under the rage, hatred, and radar of Islamophobia because of such revolting hatred in such Muslims for other religions.
On the other side, some people also thanked the capital police for taking simultaneous legal action against the woman.
The reaction of the King advisor
Khalid Al Khalifa the advisor to the King of Bahrain and former foreign minister, condemned the woman’s act saying, “Breaking religious symbol is not the quality of Bahrain people.
تكسير الرموز الدينية ليس من طبع اهل البحرين . و هي جريمة تنم عن كراهية دخيلة و مرفوضة . فهنا تعاقبت و تعايشت كل الاديان و الطوائف و الشعوب . و من قام بها غريب ليس منا #البحرين_بلد_الجميع
— خالد بن أحمد (@khalidalkhalifa) August 16, 2020
It is a crime and it expresses an extraneous and rejected hatred. In Bahrain, all religions, sects, and people coexist.”