Police force Australian man to apologize to Indian people for getting a tattoo of Hindu GodBy Mason White 4:27 PM October 22, 2015
|Matthew Keith’s tattoo|
By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) A man from Australian, thought he was showing respect to people of India, by getting a tattoo of their God on his back and leg.
However, the people from India, became offended by the tattoo.
21-year-old Matthew Keith was at a restaurant in Bangalore on Saturday with his girlfriend, when diners spotted the tattoo on his leg.
The men began screaming at Keith and demanded he cover his leg so that nobody sees the tattoo. When police arrived, they did not help the tourists, and detained them.
Officers offered to release Keith if he writes an apology letter for “hurting religious sentiments”. Keith did as he was told and he was freed from police custody without charges.
Keith posted the letter of apology to Facebook, stating that he was forced to write it before the police allowed him and his girlfriend to go free.
Keith wrote on Facebook that it was a traumatizing situation.
“I respect India and Hinduism completely. That is why I spent 35 hours getting a massive Ganesha on my back and I spent 4 hours getting the Goddess Yellamma on my leg. The only bit of space I had left on my body.”
The Indians saw Keith’s tattoos as disrespectful to their religion.
Sandeep Patil, a senior police officer, said that they are investigating the incident and if it is found that the police forced the tourist to apologize, then “they will take strict action.”
The Australian consulate general is speaking to Indian police, and they are also investigating the incident.
The Australian High Commission spokesperson said: “The Australian government encourages its citizens traveling abroad to research and respect local customs and laws.”