Anyway it is ok.
I think they really should probably treat it like any other defacement of property. And for me that would be working to replace it, clean it etc. So.. actually they would be "paying" more to fix it. I am sure someone could make it appear as it hadn't happened we have amazing craftsman today. It will never be the "same", but neither would a part bench. I would like him to understand what he ruined, and why it is such an issue.
Maybe he should be made to volunteer as a guide, and work to pay the person to fix it up the best they can.. I do not think anyone else should have to pay for it.
They could go all "Singapore" on him. Do you all remember the story about an American kid who was charged with vandalizing cars in Singapore? He was living over there with his family, was a high school student, and ended up being caned and his family was kicked out of the country.
I do feel that's pretty darn harsh, and don't think they should go that far.. But I think that the fact that this was etched in, not just scribbled on, makes it more serious.
Graffiti is one of my biggest pet peeves, I cannot imagine kids thinking it is okay to touch others property, much less defacing it. I think the punishment needs to be something that includes working to make the money to fix it at the very least
I think he should be forced to do a *lot* of community service cleaning up other people's graffiti & trash over the next several years, well into his adulthood, and he (not his parents!) should have to pay the costs to try to get the temple restored as much as possible. And if there is any evidence that he's been in this kind of trouble before, then his parents should have to pay a hefty fine for not properly supervising him when they *knew* he had done something like this before.