Australian couple in India harassed over tattoo

BENGALURU: An Australian couple says they have been harassed, abused and forced to apologise by a crowd in India for having a tattoo of a Hindu deity.


Matthew Gordon and his girlfriend Emily Kassianou from Melbourne say they were were accosted by the mob outside a restaurant in Bengaluru, the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka.

The mob took objection to Keith sporting a tattoo of the Hindu deity, Yellamma, on his shin and threatened to skin his leg and remove the tattoo.

“One of them came to me and confronted me about my tattoo. Soon, they surrounded us and threatened to skin my leg and remove the tattoo,” Indian media quoted Matthew, a law student, as saying.

The ordeal of the Australian couple did not end there as the crowd chased them to a police station where the city police not only detained them but also forced the man to apologise to the group for ‘hurting their religious sentiments.’

“Policemen forced Matthew to write an apology and we were made to wait for three hours till he did so,” said Emily.

The Australian couple was allegedly given a “dressing-down” and a “lesson on Hindu values” by the police personnel in front of the crowd, reported an Indian newspaper.