Bahrain woman charged for smashing Lord Ganesha idol in store after video surfaces

The police said on Sunday that the 54-year-old woman was summoned after the video on social media showed her 'intentionally damaging a shop... and breaking religious idols' in Manama.

Published: 17th August 2020 03:59 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th August 2020 03:59 PM   |  A+A-

Representational image of Lord Ganesha idol (Photo | ANI)

Representational image of Lord Ganesha idol (Photo | ANI)

By AFP

MANAMA: A woman in Bahrain seen smashing statues of the Hindu deity Lord Ganesha in a video published online has been charged with intentional damage and publically insulting a religious symbol.

The police said on Sunday that the 54-year-old woman was summoned after the video on social media showed her "intentionally damaging a shop... and breaking religious idols" in the Juffair area in the capital Manama, according to the interior ministry. 

Shortly after, the public prosecution issued a statement saying the woman had admitted to breaking the statues and was charged with multiple counts of criminal damage and of insulting a religious symbol.

She will be tried in court, it added. 

The video shows two women in a shop, standing near a display of the statues. One of them is seen grabbing statues and smashing them on the ground. 

"This is a Muslim country, correct?" one woman is heard saying to a man in the shop. 

"Let us see who will worship these statues. Call the cops," the other says.

The incident sparked widespread condemnation on social media.

Khalid al-Khalifa, advisor to the king of Bahrain and former foreign minister, said the woman's actions were unacceptable. 

"Breaking of religious symbols is not the nature of the people of Bahrain. It is a crime... of hatred and is rejected," he tweeted. 

"Here, all religions, sects and people coexist."

Hundreds of thousands of mostly Asian workers of different religions live in the small Muslim country. 



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  • Sam

    I am not from Bahrain but I am so amazed at their tolerant attitude. Great Job !!!
    2 years ago reply
  • Uma Maheswar Nakka

    Allah shower his blessings on Honourable Khalid al-Khalifa
    2 years ago reply
  • Sushant

    I didn't even know Bahrain is a muslim country but I know and see it now. Wondering we never heard like Christian country and never heard anyone saying china as Buddhist country also and when it comes to India
    2 years ago reply
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