Female tourist, 28, is arrested after stripping NAKED and gatecrashing sacred performance at Bali temple, parading alongside stunned dancers
- Darja Tuschinski, 28, staged the protest after being denied a ticket to the show
- She was arrested and could now face up to two years and eight months in prison
This is the shocking moment a German tourist sparked outrage by stripping off and crashing a sacred performance at a temple in Bali – in a naked rampage which could see her face almost three years in prison.
Darja Tuschinski, 28, was denied a ticket to a Hindu dance show, before allegedly pushing past security and removing her clothes in a bizarre protest.
The backpacker was caught on camera striding confidently past dancers before posing on the platform above them and forcing open a large set of gilded doors.
When a local man tried to stop her, she curtsied at him, appearing to mimic the performers’ movements, before walking off the platform to kneel next to a shrine as if in prayer.
Shocked holidaymakers sitting in the audience watched as the tourist continued her naked procession, making her way back on stage, before security staff intervened and the area was cleansed of its ‘bad energy’.
Furious staff rushed over and detained Darja for disrupting their show, before handing her over to police in the Ubud district of the popular holiday island in Indonesia.
Darja Tuschinski, 28, was seen striding confidently past the dancers after stripping off
The tourist was seen shoving a guilded door open after she ascended the stairs over the stage
She now faces up to two years and eight months in prison if she is found to have broken the country’s public indecency laws.
Bali Police Public Relations Head Stefanus Satake Bayu Setianto said: ‘The incident of a naked female foreigner occurred on the stage of the Puri Saraswati Hotel in Ubud, Gianyar Regency.
‘She lives alone. During her stay at Ubud Bungalow, she was often seen naked while walking around the villa area.’
Staff at the Saraswati Ubud Temple apologized to their visitors and performed a ritual to remove the ‘bad energy’ from the area caused by the streaker.
Police took Darja to the station where they performed a drugs and alcohol test but have yet to reveal the results.
They believe that Darja had been struggling for money and became stressed when she was denied a ticket for the show, in which women in traditional outfits perform a dance honoring their Gods.
A tickets to the shows costs 100,000 Indonesian Rupiah according to its website, or just over £5.40.
Local council chief Wayan Widana said that Darja had been suffering from ‘depression’ because she had run out of money for her extended trip.
The German backpacker was seen brazenly trying to open a large set of gilded doors on the platform
The German woman continued to parade naked as she walked off the platform where the dancers continued to perform
Shocked holidaymakers sitting in the audience watched as the tourist continued her naked procession
Anggiat Napitupulu, Head of the Office of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights for the Bali Region, said Darja was questioned at the police station after being detained by security
Anggiat Napitupulu, Head of the Office of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights for the Bali Region, said Darja was questioned at the police station before being taken to hospital for physical and psychological check-up.
He said: ‘We are currently investigating this case. We are very sorry that this incident occurred.’
Officials in Bali have been trying to crack down on badly-behaving foreigners amid a surge in the number of cases of backpackers fighting and stripping.
Public indecency is illegal under Article 281 of the country’s Criminal Code, which prohibits ‘acts that violate public decency or morals’.
It can be used to prosecute people for engaging in public displays of affection, such as kissing or hugging, or for those wearing revealing clothing or stripping off in public.
The maximum punishment for violating Article 281 of the Criminal Code of Indonesia is two years and eight months in prison.