Sri Lankan police have arrested three men who bared their behinds at a sacred site and shared the photographic evidence on social media. Foreigners who posted similar photos on social media were not arrested, prompting some social media commenters to say that only those with "brown bums" were being punished. The arrests followed a complaint by a Buddhist monk who said the photos, taken within view of the Unesco-listed Sigiriya rock fortress, are a religious insult. The photos taken by foreign tourists were posted on the Cheeky Exploits Instagram page, where people share pictures of bare backsides in locations around the world.
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We hold power to account - sparking criminal investigations and exposing abuses. Help us do more. This article is based on discussions around cyber exploitation with students, parents and teachers in rural and urban Sri Lanka, grappling with the motivations for sharing naked pictures and videos.
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Thank you for signing up. Sorry, it looks like an error occurred. A social media photo has reportedly led to the arrests of three men in Sri Lanka on grounds of insensitivity. Sri Lankan police have reportedly arrested three men part of a group who took a bare-bum photo of themselves at a sacred Buddhist site. The young Sri Lankan nationals posted images to social media of themselves at Pidurangala Rock, a metre tall, hard-to-climb rock formation popular among hikers.
LONDON -- One of the men tortured in Sri Lanka said he was held for 21 days in a small dank room where he was raped 12 times, burned with cigarettes, beaten with iron rods and hung upside-down. Another man described being abducted from home by five men, driven to a prison, and taken to a "torture room" equipped with ropes, iron rods, a bench and buckets of water. There were blood splatters on the wall. A third man described the prisoners as growing accustomed to the sound of screaming. Raped, branded or beaten repeatedly, more than 50 men from the Tamil ethnic minority seeking political asylum in Europe say they were abducted and tortured under Sri Lanka's current government.