Two Rajkot youth arrested for desecrating Mahadev temple to make TikTok video

Rajkot police have arrested two youths for desecrating a Nandi murti in a Shiva temple in Shapar Veraval Industrial zone reports Times of India. The report also indicates that the video was shot to ‘create a sensation’ on the now-banned Chinese app TikTok and other social media platfors.

The incident occurred in Gujarat’s Rajkot. The video shows one of the youths, in a yellow t-shirt and blue jeans, with a cigarette in his mouth and wearing slippers kicking the vigraha of Nandi Bhagwan in the Shiva temple. He then goes on to kick the closed doors of the garbhagriha (main sanctum).

The police have identified the accused as Dinesh Mahida (25) and Jayesh Chudasama (27). As per their confession, the two were heavily drunk when they indulged in the criminal act. After shooting the disrespectful video, the two uploaded it on TikTok and other social media accounts and circulated it on WhatsApp on 28th June, one day before TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps were banned in Bharat.

They also said that they shot the video as they believed it was a ‘sensational topic’ which would fetch them views. As per reports, of the two, who are both labourers, Chudasama was seen kicking the idol with Mahida recording the video.

OpIndia states that resident of Metoda GIDC Karan Parmar registered a complaint with the police on the basis of which action was initiated. Acting swiftly the police arrested the accused who later made a video apologizing for their shameful act. The apology video was uploaded on SM and WhatsApp as well.

Hurting Hindu sentiments and committing anti-national acts to gain popularity and viewership as well as followers on social media seems to be the latest fad.As the OpIndia report says, this is not the first time someone has desecrated a Hindu murti to shoot a sensational video. In Jan, murtis of Hindu devi-devata were desecrated in Andhra Pradesh, and last August, two Muslim youth destroyed a Goddess Bhavani murti in Bijnor. Then just few days back, four youths were caught burning Bharat’s national flag and raising anti-national slogans for a TikTok video being shot in Lucknow, UP.

Such degeneracy among our youth is a worrying trend. We might have banned TikTok for good reason, but tackling this sickness of the mind will require a more in-depth, integrated approach by society, educators, entertainment media and government.

(Featured Image Source: ToI)


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