Shillong, Jan 4: The Shillong All Faiths Forum (SAFF) on Tuesday denounced the vandalism of a temple in the city recently.
In a joint statement Reverend Dr Purely Lyngdoh, president and Reverend E. H. Kharkongor, secretary of the SAFF, stated that the vandalism of the idols is truly a case of pure hooliganism and thoughtless vandalism.
“If not tempered with sanity and understanding, acts such as these would portend to invoke communal hatred and religious fanaticism and perpetrators of these incidents should be appropriately dealt with by the authorities,” the statement said.
The SAFF while denouncing this incident, and the representatives of all the faith communities under the forum have unanimously expressed great displeasure that this obnoxious act had taken place in Shillong.
The SAFF has exhorted all leaders of different communities and organisations to be on the alert to curb repetitions of these acts and at the same time to identify those who are crying out in need of lawful support, guidance and counselling.
“These will promote harmony and respect in the communities,” the SAFF said.
Meanwhile, the SAFF has also appealed to the authorities to make extra efforts in securing these locations in and around the city which are crime-prone zones.