Bengaluru: Australian man harassed by people and cops for tattoo of Hindu goddess

A group of people reportedly harassed an Australian man at a restaurant after they found he had a tattoo of Hindu goddess Yellamma on his shin. According to The Hindu, the city police forced the man from Melbourne to apologise to the group as he had ‘hurt religious sentiments’.


Matthew Gordon (21) and his girlfriend Emily Kassianou (20) from Melbourne were out for lunch when a group of about 25 men confronted them about his tattoo. The report adds that one of them is threatened to skin Gordon’s leg and remove the tattoo. When a policeman arrived on the scene and told Gordon he couldn’t sport a tattoo like this on the leg, they were taken to the Ashok Nagar police station.

The report adds that the couple were given “dressing-down” and a “lesson on Hindu values” by the police who also forced Gordon to give a written apology to the group. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Sandeep Patil is quoted by The Hindu as saying the matter is “trivial” and that both parties reached a compromise.