1. Australian couple alleges ‘vicious assault by members of BJP’ over tattoo of Hindu goddess

Australian couple alleges ‘vicious assault by members of BJP’ over tattoo of Hindu goddess

An Australian national and his girlfriend were allegedly harassed by a group of people here for sporting tattoo of a Hindu goddess on his body and forced by police to write an apology for "intentionally spreading hatred".

By: | Published: October 19, 2015 4:56 PM

An Australian national and his girlfriend were allegedly harassed by a group of people here for sporting tattoo of a Hindu goddess on his body and forced by police to write an apology for “intentionally spreading hatred”.

Police have launched an inquiry into allegations by the couple who narrated the incident on a Facebook post claiming that they were “illegally detained” by police after the “vicious assault by members of BJP”.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Bengaluru Central) Sandeep Patil said police had viewed the matter seriously.  He said an Assistant Commissioner of Police was inquiring into the incident and on receiving his report, strict action would be taken against the “concerned persons.”

“As alleged by the foreign national if there was any kind of abuse and harassment by the crowd as well as local police, definitely the Bangalore city police will take the matter very seriously,” he said.

Patil said if police had forced the couple to give an apology, “it is a serious matter”.

He said according to preliminary inquiry, the foreign nationals were having lunch at a hotel and noticing the tatoo on his leg, some people around objected to it, which led to a commotion and police were informed about it.

“What has happened in the police station will be enquired into…,” he said.

The incident occurred on Saturday when Matt Keith, a law student at Deakin University, and his girlfriend Emily were at a restaurant here and a group of people took objection to Keith having a tattoo of the goddess, Yellamma, on his shin. He also has large Ganesha tatoo on his back.

The couple said that as they were in the restaurant, some people there started photographing them. One of them approached them and objected to Keith having a tattoo of the goddess.

They said more people soon joined them. Some policemen came to the spot and took them to Ashok Nagar police station, where they were forced to write an apology letter.

“….what we originally thought would be a quiet bite to eat turned into a vicious assault by members of the BJP right wing political party. These men are held with high esteem in Karnataka, with police bending backwards to please them. This meant that Matt and I were victims of being illegally detained,” the couple said.

“Matt and I found ourselves sitting in Ashoknagar Police station accused of ‘intentionally spreading hatred’. We repeatedly asked to leave, but were detained, although we were told we had not violated any criminal law,” they added.

A local BJP leader allegedly involved in the incident said the area is surrounded by slums and they were concerned about the couple’s safety as they were flaunting the tattoo So “we called the police”, he said.

“We requested police to ask them to cover their body so it is good for them, as well as for us. It is also not their fault, but of those who are guiding them during their stay here,” Ramesh Yadav said.

Claiming that no one forced the foreigners to write an apology letter, he said the person accompanying them insisted on it, requesting them not to file a complaint.

He also said no threat was held out to the couple and they had called the police during the incident, adding it was all recorded on CCTV cameras.

“My forced letter of apology that I had to write before I could leave the police station at Ashok Nagar. I should not have to apologise for what is on my skin and be put in a traumatising situation where it is apparently acceptable to be harassed, threatened and mobbed,” Keith posted on his Facebook page.

He said, “Tolerance, understanding and equality is what we live by. I respect India and Hinduism completely. That’s why I spent 35 hours getting a massive Ganesha put on my back and four hours getting the Goddess of the lowest rung of Indian society (Yellamma) on the only bit of space I had left on my body.”

“Because my spiritual journey is my decision, as are the markings on my body. I do not deserve to be victimised and have to physically defend myself and my girlfriend every day,” he said.

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    Anirudha
    Oct 19, 2015 at 7:42 pm
    Where does it mention that it was BJP men who attacked? pre$$ute media at it again..
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    1. George Cv
      Oct 19, 2015 at 6:07 pm
      This is what the superboy meant by 'ache din'.
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      1. deepak kumar
        Oct 19, 2015 at 6:35 pm
        No need to know.Because It is hindu godess.Not muhammad or jesus. Hindu Goddess is like a property because anyone uses it as he or she want.Make naked tattoo,Make naked pictures and these all people in the name of news enjoys it.
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          Sam
          Oct 20, 2015 at 1:30 pm
          ...if they had tatooed "allah" on their feet they would be in a hospital - not a police station.
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            Raj
            Oct 20, 2015 at 6:00 pm
            LOL "viscous ault" ? These Aussie clowns don't know the meaning of "viscous ault" . Please watch the video of Indian students being "curry bashed" to learn what "Viscous ault" means. Unlike the dozens of poor Indians who were beaten and bashed unconscious by gangs of Aussies for fun and laughs and had to spend months recovering from broken skulls and brain injury - being accosted by a group of people who verbally yelled at you is a walk in the park.
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              Raj
              Oct 20, 2015 at 6:01 pm
              ROFL "viscous ault" ? Just because some group of people yelled at you and told you to remove a tattoo ?? What about being "curry bashed" within an inch of your life for fun and laughs by a gang of Aussies ? That is a "viscous ault".
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                Raj
                Oct 20, 2015 at 6:08 pm
                Well said - our media seems to forget who made Salman Rushdie and Tasleema run to the West.
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                  Raj
                  Oct 19, 2015 at 9:24 pm
                  And you must not be living in India - in India I have not seen ANY tattoos of Hindu Gods and Goddesses on legs or feet and no Tatoo artist would put it there in the first place . What Christians do with their symbols is IRRELEVANT. We don't care if Cross is on their legs or on their face - where they put our Gods is however something we care about. Is that so hard for you people to understand ? This is India - not Australia, don't act like a horse's bum here and around with our culture and religion and you won't have any problems.
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                  1. GM saxena
                    Oct 19, 2015 at 7:01 pm
                    In our Hindu religion there are 33 crores God and Goddress and our Hindu Philosophy says that in every tiny particle God resides.Then does any part of body or item matter.?Hindus are liberal and others should respect Hindu and every religion.
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                    1. GM saxena
                      Oct 19, 2015 at 7:03 pm
                      In our Hindu religion there are 33 crores God and Godess and our Hindu Philosophy says that in every tiny particle God resides.Then does any part of body or item matter.?Hindus are liberal and others should respect Hindu and every religion.
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                        Bunti
                        Oct 19, 2015 at 6:26 pm
                        What if some one makestick a tattoo of God of your faith on hisher legs, your u like it ?
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                          Indian
                          Oct 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm
                          I can show you infinite pictures of drug addicts, prosutes etc. in US, Latin America, South America, Europe etc. wearing lockets of cross and some with Jesus tattoos or else if u know how to use google, just find out urself. Yes, Hindus and Muslims are different in terms of tolerance, so just leave Christianity alone.
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                            alice
                            Oct 19, 2015 at 6:46 pm
                            how about a jesus tattoo on the leg same place as the foreigner.. ?? why dont u urself get it done.
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                              alice
                              Oct 19, 2015 at 6:45 pm
                              not mentioned where in body.. it was on the shin.. sporting a goddess tattoo on the leg.. i think they should just have got a tatoo of christ or mohammed in the same place and seen the reaction...
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                                vijay
                                Oct 19, 2015 at 7:15 pm
                                you dumb, its people like you who are the virus and parasites. This guy who had a tatoo is due to love of it and not hate. But you half-baked brains do not understand.
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                                  Karthik
                                  Oct 19, 2015 at 7:02 pm
                                  Ya the prime minister of India is responsible if you trip and fall as well isn't he. You fall, get your sorry back home, log on to the internet and start ranting about the 'Ache Din' promise that he had made. Lets see how you'd reach if you sport a guy (Indian or Foreigner) showing off a tattoo of Christ or Muhammad on his/her leg. Lets see what you do. You sorry piece of .
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                                  1. Laltu Saha
                                    Oct 19, 2015 at 7:44 pm
                                    I bet if we done a Jesus tatoos on any leg and walked in australia how many whites would have attacked us or even the prime minister of australia would have said if you dont' respect our culture ,,,,,,,,,,, please leave.
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                                      Pramod
                                      Oct 19, 2015 at 6:20 pm
                                      Instead of blindly supporting foreigner. Do understand exact matter?
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                                        kalaignar thevadiya
                                        Oct 19, 2015 at 8:05 pm
                                        how about if we Hindus wear tattoos of their Gods in our butt and will they worship us arrest the aussies and NGOs
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                                        1. Free speech
                                          Oct 19, 2015 at 7:41 pm
                                          Welcome to the land of Saffron Taliban. These goons talk of religion! What pitiful image are they creating about their religion? Certainly, no one can rise above the object of his/her worship!
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                                            Raj
                                            Oct 20, 2015 at 12:35 pm
                                            Aussies have done much worse to Indians. They should learn to shut up and respect our culture when they are in India.
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