Russian tourist beaten for ringing sacred bell in India

Published: February 27, 2014

A tourist was allegedly beaten in the northern Goa village of Mandrem after he rang a sacred bell. Photo illustration.

VANCOUVER DESI

A Russian tourist is suffering from horrific injuries after he was allegedly beaten by an Indian mob for ringing a sacred religious bell in one of Goa’s coastal villages.

According to Britain’s Daily Mail, 28-year-old Sergey Bogdanov was vacationing in India and staying in Mandrem, a village in north Goa, where the alleged brutal attack happened.

Bogdanov said the small village seemed “really peaceful” with friendly locals until he decided to visit a temple where he took a few pictures and saw a bell, which he rang.

“Apparently the bell is only rung on sacred days or when somebody dies, and before I knew it there was a mob rushing to the temple and I was dragged out onto the streets and kicked and beaten with sticks,” Bogdanov said.  “Some monks dragged me away from the mob but they didn’t help me at all, and I had to make my own way to the local medical centre where doctors who had heard about my apparently sacrilegious act also refused to help other than giving me a few bandages.”

“My wallet and my money had vanished and I had no alternative but to go back to my accommodation in agony.”

According to the Daily Mail, Bogdanov was able to get in touch with his mother who immediately flew from Russia to Mandrem to help him and try to arrange for him to fly back to Russia where he can receive the medical attention he needs.

“My poor mother almost had a heart attack when she saw me,” said Bogdanov. “She is doing her best to look after me but I need proper medical attention that I can only get it seems in Russia.”

Bogdanov, who’s sustained horribly disfiguring gashes and bruises to his face, has since appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin with a video message and the Russian embassy in India pleading for help to get him back home.

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