Tourist's Buddha Tattoo Gets Her Arrested
Sri Lanka will deport her over 'disrespectful' tattoo
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2014 8:17 AM CDT
Not the Buddha tattoo in question.   (©)

(Newser) – A British woman learned the hard way that it's not a good idea to visit Sri Lanka if you have a visible Buddha tattoo. Tourist Naomi Michelle Coleman, 37, was arrested after arriving from India at Sri Lanka's main international airport yesterday; she was taken before a judge, who ordered her to be deported. The tattoo, on her right arm, shows the Buddha sitting on a lotus flower, AFP reports. Sri Lanka has a Buddhist majority, and a police spokesperson says she was detained for "hurting others' religious feelings," the Independent notes. She's expected to be deported within days; the same thing happened to a male tourist last year.

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Cloraxor
Mar 17, 2015 5:02 PM CDT
lol... the real Buddha would have laughed and said... why are you suffering from this. Images hurt no one. You must choose to be offended and why would you choose to invite suffering into your life over a harmless image? lol... people are funny... and full of suffering!
Ezekiel 25:17
Apr 26, 2014 9:23 PM CDT
A religion based on a man who lived in excess. Well, that's what Robert Dinero said to upset the monks in, "Anger Management."
peter
Apr 25, 2014 2:52 PM CDT
ha ha ha stupid just like tattoos moron