‘Our government encourages citizens to respect local customs’: Australian High Commission

New Delhi, Oct. 19 (ANI): Following the alleged harassment of an Australian for sporting a tattoo of a Hindu goddess on his leg, the Australian High Commission on Monday said their government encourages citizens travelling abroad to research and respect local customs and laws.

“We understand offence was taken at an image of a deity tattooed on a person’s leg. We are in contact with local authorities regarding the incident. The Australian Government encourages Australians travelling abroad to research and respect local customs and laws,” Australian High Commission spokesperson said in a statement.

“We are concerned about reports an Australian citizen was threatened with violence and detained by police because of a tattoo. The Australian Consulate General in Chennai is speaking with local authorities about the incident and has made contact with the couple in question,” the spokesperson added.

A group of people harassed an Australian couple at a restaurant in Bengaluru today after one of them was seen with a tattoo of the Goddess Yellama on his shin.

According to reports, local police not only detained the couple, but also forced the man to apologise to the group for ‘hurting their religious sentiments.’ (ANI)

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