Bali sends German tourist who stripped naked in temple for mental health treatment

Bali sends German tourist who stripped naked in temple for mental health treatment

A German woman who gatecrashed a dance performance at a Bali temple and stripped naked was arrested and sent to receive medical attention for her mental health, as Indonesia gets tough on misbehaving foreign tourists.

Police also accused Darja Tuschinski of failing to pay bills at multiple hotels during her holiday on the popular island, which has seen a rise in deportations of inbound travellers for indulging in behaviour or gestures that authorities say have hurt the religious sentiments of Balinese Hindus.

“The foreigner is depressed because she has no money to finance her stay in Bali,” police spokesman Stefanus Satake Bayu said on Thursday.

Photos and videos of Tuschinski, which went viral on social media, showed the woman walking around the dancers at the Saraswati Hindu temple in Ubud.

Her act sparked outrage from local residents and netizens, and left some guests, mostly foreign visitors, bemused while others shook their heads.

The 28-year-old also tried to enter the shrine’s inner sanctum before being turned away by a security guard.

Police said she had a squabble with staff members at the event and forced her way into the open-air venue, undressed herself and stood near the dancers, Indonesia’s Antara news agency reported.

It was not immediately clear if Tuschinski had bought a ticket for the show. Police said the temple held a ritual to “purify” the sacred place and would not pursue a case against her, adding she also walked naked around the guest areas of a resort where she recently stayed.

The tourist was later taken to a psychiatric hospital in the town of Bangli after refusing to board a flight home.

The incident came as Bali last month deported a Russian woman to Moscow after her viral nude photograph in front of a 700-year-old sacred banyan tree sparked backlash from local Hindus.

Another Russian man was banished from the holiday hotspot the same month for posting a photo of himself half-naked atop a sacred mountain.

According to data from Bali’s immigration department, the island deported 123 foreigners in the first five months of this year. In March, Bali Governor I Wayan Koster asked the Ministry of Law and Human Rights to tighten visa requirements by cancelling the visa-on-arrival facility specifically for Russian and Ukrainian citizens due to a series of violations.

The local government is also working on regulation to reduce the international visitor quota to woo more “high quality” tourists.

“We roll out the red carpet for international visitors but they must obey all regulations in Indonesia,” Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno said in an Instagram post before the temple episode.


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