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This is Mohamed ben Issa’s country: Burqa-clad woman throws Ganpati idols on floor at Bahrain supermarket


Burqa-clad woman throws Ganpati idols on floor at Bahrain supermarket

A burqa-clad woman in Bahrain was spotted furiously throwing Ganpati idols on the floor. The incident was reported from a supermarket in the Juffair neighbourhood of Bahrain’s capital Manama, where the woman was filmed throwing the idols one by one. In the video, which has now gone viral on social media, the woman can be seen standing near an aisle, close to where idols of Hindu God Ganpati are kept on the display. The woman then picks up the idols and begins throwing those up one by one, following which the idols shatter into pieces. In the video, the woman can also be heard yelling at an attendant at the shop in Arabic.

The whole incident was recorded on camera by another woman at the store. The incident comes days ahead of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival.

Raising objections to the Ganpati idols being sold in a Muslim-dominant country, the woman in the video can be heard saying “this is Mohamed ben Issa’s country, do you think he approved of this?”

“This is a Muslim country, correct?” the woman is heard saying to the man in the shop. “Let us see who will worship these statues. Call the cops,” the other woman says.

The video was later posted on social media.

The Bahrain Police, meanwhile, have taken prompt legal action against the woman who broke the Ganpati idols into pieces. The accused woman has been charged with disrespecting religious sentiments and rituals of a community, sources said.

The development was confirmed by the Bahrain Ministry of Interior, that issued a statement and said, “Concerning a circulated video on social media, the Director-General of Capital Governorate Police announced on Sunday that a woman, 54, was summoned for intentionally damaging a shop in Juffair and breaking religious idols. Legal proceedings are being taken to refer the case to the Public Prosecution”.

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