The South Asian Times

15 November 2019 11:21 AM

Anti-Hindu graffiti at CVS pharmacy in Queens

New York: Hindus nationwide are reportedly perturbed after reports of anti-Hindu graffiti scrawled on CVS pharmacy in Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens borough in New York City.

The spray-painted appalling graffiti, which reportedly featured a red line drawn through highly sacred Hindu syllable “Om”, comes on the heels of assault on a Hindu religious leader last month in Queens. According to reports in 2015; 40 Hindu religious flags were burned outside a home in Queens on Thanksgiving Day.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that it was shocking for the hard-working, harmonious and peaceful US Hindu community numbering about three million; who had made a lot of contribution to the nation and society; to receive such signals of hatred and anger.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged administration for swift action to regain the reportedly falling confidence of the Hindu community; and to New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Queens Community Board 3 Chairperson Renetta English and CVS Health CEO Larry J. Merlo to contact the area Hindu community to reassure them.

CVS Pharmacy President Kevin Hourican should apologize to the community for the reported delay in removing the graffiti in this neighborhood store, Rajan Zed said.

Zed also urged leaders of various religions and denominations in New York City to strongly and openly condemn this hateful incident and extend their support to the area Hindu community.

Update: 08 Sep, 2019