Sri Lankan police have arrested three men who were among a group who took semi-nude photos of themselves at an ancient sacred site. Similar photos were posted on Instagram by foreigners, who were not arrested. The arrests follow a complaint by a Buddhist monk who claims the photos, taken within sight of the Sigiriya rock fortress, a Unesco World Heritage site, are a religious insult. The viral photos taken by foreign travellers were posted on the Cheeky Exploits Instagram page , an account that encourages people to take pictures at famous locations around the world.
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Three men who bared their bottoms as they posed for pictures at a sacred Buddhist site in Sri Lanka have been arrested. According to the BBC , the trio were amongst a group of men who posted semi-naked snaps of themselves taken at Pidurangala Rock on Facebook. The actions of the young Sri Lankan nationals prompted backlash from members of the online community, who branded the images an insult to the religion. Pidurangala Rock is within walking distance of the ancient Sigiriya rock fortress, a Unesco World Heritage site often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. Sri Lankan police arrested the men after a Buddhist monk logged an official complaint about the images. However, the arrests have drawn a mixed reaction on social media.