Queens lawmakers condemn vandalism of Mahatma Gandhi statue at beloved Hindu temple in South Richmond Hill


Queens lawmakers joined several community leaders outside of the Shri Tulsi Mandir in South Richmond Hill on Tuesday, Aug. 9, to denounce a suspected hate crime incident that recently occurred at the beloved Hindu temple. 

On Aug. 3, three people allegedly vandalized and toppled a Mahatma Gandhi statue outside the mandir, located at 103-24 111th St., according to the lawmakers.

This comes after the vandalism of the Gandhi statue in Union Square in February, among other Gandhi statues desecrated around the world. 

State Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar, who organized the press conference to address the issue, said the desecration of Gandhi statues and anti-Hindu hate crimes will not be tolerated in Richmond Hill or anywhere in New York state. 

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