Condemning the recent attacks on Jain temples and monks, the Digamber Jain Samaj held a silent protest rally on Sunday at the Digamber jain temple in Wilson garden. The incidents which recently occurred in Gujarat and Karnataka, moved the community to bring the issues to the notice of the government.
In the first incident that happened on January 1, a group of Jain saints travelling in Girnar hill in Junagadh, Gujarat, were assaulted by some miscreants. Jain Muni Shri 108 Prabal Sagar Ji Maharaj was stabbed four times in the incident.
In the other incident on January 3, a manastambha (column of honour) and chaturmukha (four-headed) idol of Jain Tirthankara were defaced by miscreants on the ancient Mandaragiri hillock in Tumkur district. Also, the gate leading to the group of temples on the hillock was dismantled.
The Jain community has stated that they would be handing over memoranda to the respective state governments against these untoward incidents. They also requested the authorities to take immediate action to ensure the safety of their monks and shrines.