Mob Threatens To ‘Skin’ Tourist Over Offensive Tattoo

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An Australian man was harassed and threatened in Bangalore when a group of men became incensed about a tattoo on his leg depicting a Hindu goddess.

“One of them came to me and confronted me about my tattoo,” said 21 yr. old Matthew Gordon, who was having lunch with his girlfriend and a local friend at a restaurant when the incident took place. “Soon, they surrounded us and threatened to skin my leg and remove the tattoo.

According to Gordon, a law student at Australia’s Deakin University, even the policeman whom the gathered mob called to the restaurant while preventing the trio from leaving, berated him for his ink.

“A policeman arrived and said this is India and one couldn’t sport such a tattoo on the leg,” he recounted.

Gordon was then taken with his girlfriend to a local police station and only released after penning a letter of apology, the Associated Press reported.

video uploaded to YouTube shows angry men haranguing the couple while Gordon and his local friend try to reason with the policeman. Gordon later denounced their treatment in a Facebook post where he called his letter of apology “forced.”

“I should not have to apologize for what is on my skin and be put in a traumatizing situation where it is apparently acceptable to be harassed, threatened and mobbed,” he wrote.

The Australian High Commission said it was “concerned” about the incident and was in touch with local authorities through the country’s embassy in the Indian city of Chennai. But the Aussies also offered some advice to travellers on avoiding offending cultural beliefs.

“The Australian government encourages Australians travelling abroad to research and respect local customs and laws,” a High Commission spokesperson told the Indian Express.

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