1,000 People Get A Portrait Tattoo of Minister "Amma" for Her Birthday

By Sarah Calavera - 
1,000 People Get A Portrait Tattoo of Minister "Amma" for Her Birthday

Over 1,000 Indian people got mass tattoos of their chief minister at her 68th birthday bash. But was it for love or money?

Indian chief minister Jayalalithaa is affectionately known by her loyal followers as Amma, which means mother in Tamil and a name used for an inspirational spiritual leader. 

At her 68th birthday celebration this year over 1,000 people got a tattoo with her portrait on their forearm - supposedly to show their dedication and love for their chief minister.  

The tattoos were free and so was all the food and entertainment and even though the minister herself didn't attend over 1,000 people showed up and had one heck of a party. There were lines of people waiting to get the tattoo on their forearm which has Amma written in Tamil underneath a portrait of the minister. 

However some media sources in India, believe there was much more behind this event than dedicated followers willing to get tattooed for their leader - that there were more sinister reasons going on.

It has been suggested that many of these people were actually offered money to get the tattoo as part of a publicity stunt to make the chief minister look more popular. Some media sources claim that ministers exploited the poverty of its people by offering them money to get tattooed at the event. 

There are even claims that some of the younger participants were coerced into getting the tattoo against their will. The video you can see below shows a girl in extreme discomfort whilst getting tattooed and it might not have been just from the pain. Some think it was because she didn't really want to be permanently inked but was terrified to say no.

It is not known for sure if these allegations are actually true. Perhaps the rumors of this happening are also propaganda - it is very difficult to know. 

One thing I am pretty sure about, though, is that I'm not convinced that the way this mass tattooing was done was very sanitary. From the video footage, you can see hygiene might not have been their top priority and despite the other issues that come up, tattooing safely should have been important too. Let's hope none of the 1,000 people live to regret it. 

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