13:41 GMT16 May 2021
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): The government of Bahrain confirmed that the woman would be prosecuted under hate crime legislation and she was summoned by police for “defaming a sect and its rituals”.

    A woman in Manama, Bahrain, became furious when she saw idols of the Hindu god Ganesha in a  supermarket in the Juffair neighborhood and she reacted by smashing them on the floor of the shop one by one.

    video of the incident has gone viral on social media, leading to outrage among Hindus.

    The video shows the Burqa-clad woman first snapping her fingers to summon the salesman and then complaining about idols of a Hindu god being sold in Muslim country.

    “This is a Muslim country, correct?” she asked, "Let us see who will worship these statues. Call the cops" she said and continued violently smashing the idols on the floor one after the other.

    The video has led to anger on social media with netizens condemning the “hate crime” and questioning the situation of minorities in Muslim nations.

    The idols of the Lord Ganesha, the most revered elephant headed god in Hindus, were being sold for the upcoming annual Ganesh Chaturthi festival, an 11-day festival beginning on 22 August.

    According to the Ministry of Interior in Bahrain, prompt action was taken against the 54-year-old woman and she was charged with intentional damage and publicly insulting a religious symbol on Sunday.

    ​An advisor to the King of Bahrain and former foreign minister, Khalid al-Khalifa said such crimes of hatred 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," he added.

    There are at least 400,000 Indians living in Bahrain as per government data, comprising 9.8 percent of the total population.

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