Video Of Bahrain Woman Smashing Ganesha Idols Goes Viral

Authorities have taken legal steps against the woman for “defaming a sect.”

Sohil Nikam

August 17, 2020

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A video that is going viral shows a woman in Bahrain smashing Ganesha idols at a shop while shouting at a salesman. Following the emergence of the video, the country’s Ministry of Interior said that the woman was referred to 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,” said the Ministry in a tweet.

Indians form one of the largest expatriate groups in Bahrain. Of the nearly 13 lakh people residing in the country, an estimated 4 lakh happen to be Indians. And as per a 2010 census, Hindus comprise 9.8 per cent of the population in the country. The burqa-clad woman being seen in the video can apparently be heard saying, “this a Muslim country.” Back in 2017, Bahrain had closed down its main secular opposition group National Democratic Action Society (Waad), marking a major blow to dissenting voices in the country.

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