#DJCarlyO: Sabha issues statement | Hindus must stop harassment

#DJCARLYO: Ram Maharaj the president of the South African Hindu Dharma Sabha has spoken out again over DJ Carly O’s Halloween saga.

In an official statement, Maharaj has claimed his response in the Sunday Tribune was based on what information he was given by a journalist.

In that context, he had called for an apology from DJ Carly O citing the sensitivities of the community need to be addressed in her statement. The Durban deejay has been threatened a number of times since Halloween and now has round-the-clock security as her family fears for her life.

The DJ – while still in Mozambique – had issued an apology on her social media platforms, the Sabha has noted her response and considered the matter resolved. Maharaj went on to express his disgust at the behavior of some Hindus and South Africans in general after the article was published.

My conscience will not allow me to remain silent.  I strongly appeal to all those people targeting Carly O with death threats, vulgarities and obscenities to please stop.  This is patently unjustifiable, unwarranted and unacceptable. 

Furthermore, they are inconsistent with Hindu principles and practices.  I call upon all Hindus to be cool, calm and circumspect even if religious susceptibilities have been inadvertently hurt.  Furthermore, I call on Hindus who are attacking fellow Hindus who support Carly O to refrain from such harmful behavior. 

The great teachings of Hinduism can be crystallised thus:  “Be Good Do Good.”  As a caring organization the South African Hindu Dharma Sabha’s apex concern is Carly O’s safety and well-being.  

Ram Maharaj, South African Hindu Dharma Sabha

Maharaj also reminded Hindus that the faith is not exclusive to the Indian race and that DJ Carly O’s conduct is deemed NOT racist.

Carly O’s conduct certainly cannot be construed as constituting racism.  It must be noted loud and clear, far and wide, that one does not have to be a Hindu or Indian to worship our One, indivisible, living, loving Lord in the preferred name and form of Mother Kali, practise Yoga, meditate, etc. 

Ram Maharaj, South African Hindu Dharma Sabha

Maharaj also stated that the South African Hindu Dharma Sabha is bound to protect and nurture Hinduism. In reference to the DJ Carly O matter, the notion of inappropriateness that social media users was assumptions and not fact.

Carly O’s case was one of perceived inappropriateness and not intolerance.

Ram Maharaj, South African Hindu Dharma Sabha

The family of DJ Carly O have called on the community to stop the bickering and consider this matter now a finalized.

To read the statement click here

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