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A video from New Delhi has surfaced on social media which raises severe questions on the policing system in the national capital.

The video shows a bunch of Kanwariyas vandalising a metallic grey car. What's appalling about the video is that police were unable to stop them from vandalising the four-wheeler and were just standing as bystanders.

The incident happened after the car allegedly brushed past a Kanwariya. The group of Kanwariyas then turned violent and attacked the car.

The woman, who was driving the vehicle, immediately fled from the spot in a state of horror and shock. The video clearly shows police officials on the spot.

The video has gained the attention of social media users and drawn criticism for the paralysed system of our country. The video is being wildly circulated on various social media platforms and has left everyone wondering that if the situation remains the same in our country, where are we headed to?

Kanwariyas are regarded as the custodians of religion but this incident shows that their priority is promoting vandalism over being responsible Samaritans of the law and order of the country. 

Who are Kanwariyas and what is the Kanwar Yatra?

The Kanwar Yatra is an annual pilgrimage taken by the followers of Lord Shiva known as Kanwariyas. The devotees go on a pilgrimage to places of religious significance like Haridwar, Gaumukh and Gangotri in Uttarakhand to fetch holy waters of the Ganga river.

Millions of such Kanwariyas participate in the yatra and collect water from the holy river and carry it across hundreds of kilometres on foot. They later offer the water at their local Shiva temples or specific shrines like Pura Mahadeva and Augharnath temple in Meerut or the ancient Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi. The yatra takes place in the Hindu calendar month of Shravan.

The Kanwariyas have time and again been criticised for creating public nuisance instead of carrying out peaceful processions. Their yatras are often deemed as raucous events where they travel in trucks with massive loudspeakers playing Hindi film songs.