India has warned its students going to Canada to be careful and alert due to Hate Crime.
India issued a travel advisory saying there has been a “rapid increase” in anti-India activities in Canada.
The government has said that the Ministry of External Affairs has spoken to Canadian authorities on hate crime cases and anti-India activities in Canada.
Canadian authorities have been urged to investigate these crimes and take appropriate action.
“So far no punishment has been given in Canada to those responsible for these crimes,” the foreign ministry said.
In the release issued by India, it has been said that in view of the above incidents, Indian citizens and students are appealed to be alert and careful while traveling and studying in Canada.
The government has also appealed to Indian citizens and students to register at the Indian Mission in Ottawa, or Toronto and Vancouver.
A comment said that “this will make it easier for the Indian High Commission and Consulates to keep in touch with Indian nationals in Canada and reach them in case of any emergency.”
A few days ago , a case of defacement by Khalistani extremists of Canada by creating anti-India graffiti on a major Hindu temple in Toronto came to light.
Terming the incident as a hate crime, India urged the Canadian authorities to take swift action against the accused.
When this incident took place in Toronto’s BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, it is not yet known.
But the Indian High Commission in Toronto tweeted on Wednesday, “We strongly condemn the desecration of BAPS Swaminarayan Temple in Toronto with anti-India graffiti. The Canadian authorities are requested to investigate the incident and take prompt action against the accused.”
Canadian MP Chandra Arya said on Twitter, “Everyone should condemn the desecration of Toronto’s BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Temple by Canadian Khalistani extremists. This is not just a single incident. Hindu temples in Canada have faced several such hate crimes in recent times. The concerns of Canadian Hindus regarding these incidents are justified.”