Australian Student Harassed Over Hindu Tattoo!!

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Australian student was harassed over his tattoo in India. Matthew was threatened and taken to a police station because of his hindu tattoo!

Matthew Gordon, 21, and his girlfriend Emily Kassianou, 20, were eating at a restaurant in Bengaluru, India, when a group of people walked over to them and began harassing and threatening Gordon over a tattoo on his shin. The tattoo is a color tattoo of Hindu goddess Yellamma.
While eating dinner Gordon's tattoo was spotted by someone outside the restaurant and before he knew it he was being harassed over his tattoo of the Hindu deity. A group of 25 gathered outside the restaurant and refused to let the couple leave. Threatening and harassing the young Australians the group only let them leave when a police officer arrived, though the students were subsequently detained and taken to a local police station.

Matthew Gordon and Emily Kassianou
Matthew Gordon and Emily Kassianou

“One of them came to me and confronted me about my tattoo. Soon, they surrounded us and threatened to skin my leg and remove the tattoo,”


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    Gordon's Yellamma Tattoo
    Gordon's Yellamma Tattoo

    Taken to the Ashok Nagar police station Gordon was forced to write an apology before being released. “The policemen advised me on Hindu religion and insisted I give a written apology for not covering my goddess tattoo, even as the group just watched. I tried taking law points, but had to finally give in as my girlfriend was in tears as the cops wouldn’t let us go,”

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    It was at this restaurant that Gordon was confronted by the group
    It was at this restaurant that Gordon was confronted by the group

    "I should not have to apologize for what is on my skin and be put in a traumatizing situation where it is apparently acceptable to be harassed, threatened and mobbed,"

    Gordon's forced apology letter
    Gordon's forced apology letter

    Gordon's situation and the events that transpired bring to light the issues and problems tattoos can cause in places where they are not the norm. Freedom of expression is a right we all have and being harassed over it by others is not something one should have to experience. Tattoos are more accepted than ever, but not everywhere it seems.

    What do you think of what happened to Gordon?


    @Robert Davies

    Tattoodo Staff Writer and tattoo enthusiast. Lover of all things traditional and blackwork!


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