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Tourist ferociously beaten by mob for ringing sacred bell

March 4, 2014 Destination Global, Headline News 3 Comments Email Email

egtmedia59A holidaymaker is pleading for help to get home after being attacked by a furious mob in the village of Mandrem in Goa, India’s smallest state.

The hapless tourist initially found the locals very friendly – but it all changed when he rang a bell during a visit to a temple.

“Apparently the bell is only rung on sacred days when somebody dies,” the badly injured holidaymaker told Britain’s Daily Mail. Ringing it at other times is considered sacrilege. But the tourist, Sergey Bogdanov, who was visiting Goa from Russia, said he had no idea that was the case, until “a mob rushed up to the temple and I was dragged out onto the streets”. Island Hopping

Monks rescued Bogdanov from the howling mob and left him to make his own way to a medical centre, where doctors gave him a few bandages.

Bogdanov suffered shocking facial injuries and also lost his money and passport in the attack. His mother has flown over to be with him and the 28-year-old is pleading with President Vladimir Putin to help him sort out his travel arrangements via the Russian Embassy in Mumbai.

He has sent a video message to Putin appealing for help to get back home, although the Russian president is pretty busy with the Ukraine crisis right now.

Foreign tourists do not always enjoy a good reputation in Goa. In December, a Ukrainian tourist, “allegedly under the influence of alcohol” according to the Times of India, went on the rampage and smashed up religious symbols. In that incident, Ukrainian national Leonid Cherchernish leapt onto a parked car to harangue and mock passers by, and then went on to damage a stall selling sunglasses before deliberately smashing a religious cross in the front yard of a house.

“Locals tried to bring the tourist under control but found him difficult to deal with,” the paper reported. Police were called and arrested Cherchernish.

Villagers at the time said it was the third occasion recently that intoxicated tourists had deliberately vandalised religious structures. There is no suggestion, however, that  Bogdanov the bell-ringer was intoxicated.

Just a couple of weeks ago, about 200 foreign tourists celebrating Valentine’s Day in an Indian temple town were allegedly beaten and assaulted by police for partying too late and too loud.

The tourists, from at least 25 different countries including Australia, gathered in a forest area near Kudle beach in Gokarna in India’s western state of Karnataka.

They lit a bonfire and danced to live music past 12.30am – but in Karnataka, all commercial establishments must be shut down by 11pm.

According to the Mail, the tourists claim 10 policemen stormed the party and demanded money in order to continue partying, but when they refused the police allegedly attacked, slapped and thrashed them with canes.

Local police claim the tourists were partying beyond the “time limit” and “making noise,” and as a result police got a complaint about the party from the forest department.

“We had raided the place because we had information that cannabis was being supplied at the party by Indians. The revellers did not co-operate and prevented them from performing their duties. We resorted to a mild lathi charge after they assaulted one of the cops,” a police spokesman told the Daily Mail.

The dictionary defines lathi as: “A long heavy wooden stick used as a weapon in India, especially by the police.”

Written by : Peter Needham

Currently there are "3 comments" on this Article:

  1. AgentGerko says:

    Another boorish tourist thinking they can do anything because they’re on a holiday, and with no regards for the culture of the place they are visiting. The rule is, if you’re not sure whether something is acceptable, then don’t do it until you are!”.

  2. Industry Travel Asia says:

    His mother needed to teach him the basics…..”Look but don’t touch’

    Unfortunately the Russian and Ukrainian tourists are now considered the paria of resort destinations. For every report you see in the media, there are a 1000 unreported cases of loutish,boorish, and offensive behaviors. We have had to rebook flights and hotels after customers arrived in a VN seaside city,to find after 3 hours they had had a gut full of these countries tourists.

    Full marks to locals for wanting to set an example of what happens when you step over the line of acceptable. Americans accept graffitti.. Wonder if it is ok to tag the Opera House, or to chip a bit of Ularu to take home? Would Aussies mind if a tourist used the eternal flame for ANZ soldiers as a barbie, or maybe just had sex there? The locals in Bali,Goa, and other destinations stand up for what they hold sacred. Given the circumstances the same ‘actions’ could have occurred in Australia…

    Everything you need to know you learned in kindergarten.

  3. Adelaide says:

    How about a black list of entry, temp. to start with, permanent for repeat offences and ultimately to all destination for these idiots? Some still think that they / their families can contact their country’s representatives overseas to “rescue” them of their mischief/ disrespectful/ local law breaking acts toward the places they visit, they should cope the consequences themselves and hope to learn a valuable lesson out of their actions.

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