British tourist with Buddha tattoo expelled

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A British female tourist who had the image of the Buddha tattooed in her hand was arrested by the Katunayaka Airport Police and produced before Negombo Additional Magistrate T.M.T. Bandara today.

Police told the court that the image of Buddha sitting on a lotus flower was tattooed in her hand and it was contrary to Buddhism.

Michele Calmon (37) who arrived in Sri Lanka this morning was scheduled to visit several other countries in the region.

The Magistrate ordered the Police to hand over the suspect to the Mirihana detention camp through prison officials for immediate extradition. (Hubert Fernando)
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  • king Monday, 21 April 2014 03:06 PM

    .how come it wrong ???.99% of lankan buddhists are eating meat and over 90% drinking alcohol.now expell all these fake buddhists to the ocean.

    Craig Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:31 AM

    Try visiting Europe wearing a swastika t-shirt and see what happens.

    been Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:06 AM

    what about sri Lankans who have the buddas tattoos....where are u going to send them......stupidity at its best... via DM Android App

    Rohan Tuesday, 22 April 2014 05:05 AM

    There are so many idiots argue here. That tourist deported simply because having Buddha image tattooed on the body is harming the feelings of Buddhist people of this country. These information is on government travel information guides of many western countries. There are something call ethics in this world. Its simply act of gratitude. You don't shit at the people who welcomes you when you visit. via DM Android App

    kudappa Tuesday, 22 April 2014 12:11 PM

    Those who commented against the police act.. my advice is to visit Rome or middle east with the relevant religious insignia tattoos. See what happened..

    bandara Tuesday, 22 April 2014 10:05 AM

    Stupit law.

    Avatar Tuesday, 22 April 2014 01:10 AM

    [quote name="Kamal"]OK, but how come you don't do anything against a priest who make mockery of another religion?[/quote]
    Not only another religion but Buddhism itself!

    Sirimevan Monday, 21 April 2014 05:27 PM

    SHE WOULD HAVE WARNED AND REQUESTED LEAVE SRI LANKA FORTHWITH.

    Janaka Tuesday, 22 April 2014 07:38 AM

    She should have tattooed Jesus Christ who is universal and does not belong to any particular group.
    Janaka

    sarath Tuesday, 22 April 2014 01:47 AM

    many cannot see the difference between the breach of Buddhist principles and behaving in disgrace of a another religion. we must not ridicule the religions or to feel bad of them.

    Kamal Monday, 21 April 2014 01:50 PM

    OK, but how come you don't do anything against a priest who make mockery of another religion?

    ANTON Tuesday, 22 April 2014 02:03 AM

    HOW DID THEY KNOW THAT IS EXACTLY A TATTOO OF LORD BUDDHA ???

    Dee Wednesday, 23 April 2014 06:58 AM

    [quote name="Beware"]Because every body has two eyes.[/quote]
    So one eye can see a different image?

    Dee Wednesday, 23 April 2014 06:59 AM

    [quote name="pbahu"]We should introduce death penalty for people who insult Buddhism.[/quote]
    Some of our priests insult buddhism most, are they to be given the penalty as well?

    mack Tuesday, 22 April 2014 07:41 AM

    Saudi is far better than these hypocrites via DM Android App

    ABC Tuesday, 22 April 2014 01:32 PM

    What is wrong with that tatoo? Are we getting closer to Taleban? via DM Android App

    pbahu Tuesday, 22 April 2014 08:03 AM

    We should introduce death penalty for people who insult Buddhism.

    heam Tuesday, 22 April 2014 10:45 AM

    she has right to enjoy her own freedom , this not right

    viv Monday, 21 April 2014 02:16 PM

    This is crap , just because she had a tattoo we want to send her back ,

    We wan't to bring casino's into the country , all big drug dealers come into this country without no question, but a tourist with a Buddha tattoo can't visit.

    WELCOME TO MIRACLE OF ASIA....!!!!!

    tc Monday, 21 April 2014 02:16 PM

    This country is turning into a buddhist Saudi. Soon we will have a religious pollice telling what people should do an do not. I have learnt buddhism for some time, and my knowledge is not complete. But where on earth do we have something written in dhamma or vinaya saying that 'a tattoo with buddha on a lotus' on a woman's hand is contrary to buddhism? Maybe the woman has some respect for the buddha, thats why she has a made an un-erasable drawing of the great man on her hand!

    Marayaka Monday, 21 April 2014 02:18 PM

    yeah! expell them all, we dont need any tourist comming to S/L!

    Charith Monday, 21 April 2014 02:19 PM

    How exactly is this against Buddhism???

    Beware Tuesday, 22 April 2014 08:26 AM

    Because every body has two eyes.

    Saman Monday, 21 April 2014 02:27 PM

    Is this a fair Punishment or a revenge against Britain. Isn't this punishment too harsh when Buddha printed papers lie on streets.
    We don't mind when Holy cross is tatooed on the body.

    Venerable Dhammadass Monday, 21 April 2014 02:28 PM

    I told SL Immigration numerous times to enlighten prospective tourists as to cultural sensitivities through SL Immigration website and SL tourism website. Tourists get a tattoo or wear a T shirt with a print of Buddha, as a mark of respect, whereas it's offensive in Sri Lanka.

    jayasekara Monday, 21 April 2014 02:30 PM

    Under which law

    Shace-UK Monday, 21 April 2014 02:30 PM

    Stupidity at its best!!!!

    Snju Tuesday, 22 April 2014 10:58 AM

    For years we suffered due to the civil war. nice now religious war. i wanted to come back to Sri Lanka but i think i'll change my mind. this is so stupid!


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