French Tourists Guilty in Sri Lanka Over Buddha Photos

From BBC News:

A Sri Lankan court has given suspended jail terms to three French tourists for wounding the religious feelings of Buddhists by taking pictures deemed insulting.

Two women and one man were detained in the southern town of Galle after a photographic laboratory alerted police.

The pictures show the travellers posing with Buddha statues and pretending to kiss one of them.

Most of Sri Lanka’s majority ethnic Sinhalese are Theravada Buddhist.

Mistreatment of Buddhist images and artefacts is strictly taboo in the country. The incident is alleged to have taken place at a temple in central Sri Lanka.

This story is pretty shocking. I mean, people still use photo labs?


  1. On the other hand: suspended jail terms. They got off more lightly than they would in some countries, under other state religions, where a death penalty wouldn’t be unheard of… (!)

  2. You put your lips in the vicinity of certain carved rocks… court hearings, sentencing, international news, etc. This is the world we live in.

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