Woman with Buddha tattoo abused on Facebook
Posted on November 17th, 2017

Courtesy The Daily Mirror

The British woman who was deported from Sri Lanka for having a tattoo of Buddha on her arm said she had to leave Facebook after being abused by extremists, the BBC reported today.

The 41-year-old Naomi Coleman from Coventry won compensation on Wednesday after being detained in the country for four days, in April 2014.

Ms Coleman, a Buddhist herself, said she will not return to Sri Lanka.

Following her deportation, she says she received online messages telling her she should die and burn in hell.

“I have never experienced anything like this with Buddhism. They mostly seemed to be sent from Buddhist extremists in Sri Lanka. They were writing that I should die and burn in hell. I came completely off Facebook for a few weeks and have now changed my name on social media. To me, this is not the Buddhist way. Buddhism is about compassion and understanding,”she said.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court said Ms. Coleman’s treatment while she was in custody was “scandalous and horrifying” and awarded her compensation of 800,000 Sri Lankan rupees – about £4,000.

It said there was “no legal basis” for her arrest and she had been subject to “degrading treatment” by some officers and a prison guard.

Ms Coleman, who has been a Buddhist for about 10 years, has travelled widely and continues to go to retreats in Thailand and Nepal.

She said she was “overwhelmed” by the ruling but would not be returning to Sri Lanka.

“It’s a shame – it’s a beautiful country and most of the people are very welcoming. However, it seems there is a small percentage of people who want to cause trouble for me. I’m not sure if it’s because I am a woman travelling alone. But, at the moment, I wouldn’t feel safe going back,” she said.

2 Responses to “Woman with Buddha tattoo abused on Facebook”

  1. NeelaMahaYoda Says:

    She says she received online messages telling her she should die and burn in hell.

    That sounds like a well know Lankaweb commentator “Somapala” who always write the word “should die and burn in hell”

    Who ever who wrote that comment is not a buddhist, but who pretended to be Buddhist to discred Buddhists in Sri Lanka.

  2. Senerath Says:

    This abusive culture is not Budddhist culture. This is the one created by certain politicians so that they thought they can rule forever. These abusers will RUN if they see a Kotiya. Keyboard ‘Patriots’ ruining the culture. It is because of these abusers we will loose our country.

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