The Sherawali temple in California’s Hayward was defaced with pro-Khalistan graffiti. This occurrence follows similar act at the Swaminarayan temple in California’s Newark in December 2023.
The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) in a post on X shared a photo of the defacement and said, “Another Bay Area Hindu temple attacked with pro-Khalistan graffiti. The Vijay’s Sherawali Temple in Hayward, CA sustained a copycat defacement just two weeks after the Swaminarayan Mandir attack and one week after a theft at the Shiv Durga temple in the same area. HAF is in touch with temple leaders and in contact with the police.”
The Vijay’s Sherawali Temple in Hayward, CA sustained a copycat defacement just two weeks after the Swaminarayan Mandir attack and one week after a theft at the Shiv Durga temple in the same area.… pic.twitter.com/wPFMNcPKJJ
— Hindu American Foundation (@HinduAmerican) January 5, 2024
The HAF highlighted the importance of installing security cameras and alarm systems, considering the rising threat from Khalistanis.
“We are once again encouraging all temple leaders to download the Hindu American temple safety guide… The guide specifically discusses that temple graffiti qualifies as a hate crime and also the importance of installing working security cameras and alarm systems in view of the rising threat from Khalistan proponents as well as the omnipresent risk from anti-Hindu actors,” the HAF said.
In December, the US State Department had condemned the vandalism of the Shri Swaminarayan Temple in California.