DAVIS (CBS13) — A statue in Davis that was destroyed by vandals earlier this year is getting a replacement.
Officials said the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Central Park will be replaced with a new version of him—seated, rather than standing, to make it harder to break.READ MORE: Teen Missing In Sacramento River After Rescuing Younger Brother Identified As Ahmir Watson
The original six-foot statue was toppled back in January. Someone appears to have sawed it off at the ankles.
In recent years, critics have called for a re-evaluation of the cultural icon – arguing that, despite his achievements, Gandhi had reprehensible character flaws.READ MORE: Placerville Group Looks To Recall Nearly Entire City Council: 'Putting Their Feet To The Fire'
After the Davis statue was toppled, supporters rallied at the site to condemn the act. The supporters were also met with counter-protesters, however, who argued that any statue of Gandhi didn’t belong in a public park.
The statue was given to the City of Davis back in 2016 by the Indian government. Its toppling prompted a call from the Indian government for an investigation – and garnered widespread media coverage in India.MORE NEWS: Tracking Summer Camp Sex Abuse: How To Better Protect Your Kids
It’s still not known who toppled the statue.