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Hindu devotees were brutally beaten by police for chanting Govinda-Govinda at Srirangam Ranganatha Swamy temple in Tamil Nadu.

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The peaceful sanctity of a place of worship was shattered at the Srirangam Ranganatha Swamy Temple in Tamil Nadu, where an appalling incident unfolded, shaking the very foundations of religious freedom and tolerance. Hindu devotees, gathered to express their faith and devotion, were subjected to unjustifiable and brutal treatment at the hands of the police, merely for chanting the sacred words “Govinda-Govinda.”

This sacred chant, resonating with spiritual significance for millions of devotees, is a traditional expression of veneration towards Lord Vishnu, one of the principal deities in Hinduism. Yet, what should have been a moment of reverence turned into a distressing scene of violence and aggression.

Eyewitness accounts and video footage depict a distressing picture of law enforcement officers resorting to physical force, targeting devotees solely for exercising their fundamental right to practice their faith. Reports suggest that the peaceful chanting of ‘Govinda-Govinda’ was met with excessive and unwarranted aggression, leading to injuries among devotees, including women and the elderly. Such a reprehensible act not only violates the basic rights of individuals but also desecrates the sanctity of a religious space.

The temple, revered as a symbol of spirituality and harmony, has historically welcomed individuals of all backgrounds to partake in the serenity and divinity it embodies. However, this regrettable incident has tarnished this image, raising questions about the state’s commitment to safeguarding religious freedoms and respecting cultural sentiments.

The right to practice one’s religion without fear or intimidation is a cornerstone of any democratic society. The actions taken by the authorities at Srirangam Ranganatha Swamy Temple run contrary to these fundamental principles, invoking outrage and condemnation from both within the country and across the globe.

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