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Following Desecration of Sacred Site in Ubud by Two Czech Tourists, Governor Calls for Tighter Control on Visitor Conduct in Bali

NusaBali report that Bali Governor Wayan Koster is calling for stern action to be taken against two Czechoslovakian tourists caught on video desecrating a religious site in order that other island visitors will be deterred from committing similar acts.

Idenek Slavak (25) and Sabia Dolezalova (25) posed on video while the woman used a fountain at the Puri Beji Monkey Temple in Ubud as a bidet.

 

Concluding that the couple’s actions defamed and corrupted a sacred site, the Governor has asked that the couple be allowed to apologize, attend a purification ceremony, and then be deported back to their home country.

The Governor added that he would ask the Provincial Tourism Authority to find a solution to prevent similar desecrations in the future. The Governor admonished that profit cannot be put before preserving the Island’s cultural and religious values.

Meanwhile, Putu Supadma Rudana, a member of Commission X of the House of Representatives (DPR—RI) urges tourism stakeholders and Hindu Religious leaders to make tourist visitors more aware of rules of good conduct when visiting sacred sites. The lawmaker urged that all concerned use digital technology to educate the public on proper behavior in Bali. At the same time, Supadma suggests religious sites be fenced in and local security employed to safeguard these locations.

The Villagers of Padangtegal and the police convened meeting at which the Czech couple formally apologized for their outrageous behavior. Dressed in traditional Balinese garment,  both also attended a “guru piduka” purification ceremony on Thursday, August 15, 2019, at the temple where they again apologized to the village and the people of Bali.

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