Enrique Iglesias: Sri Lanka's president says gig organisers 'should be whipped'

President Maithripala Sirisena said women running on stage to kiss the singer and throwing their underwear at him was 'most uncivilised'

Samuel Osborne@SamuelOsborne93
Sunday 27 December 2015 18:17
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Enrique Iglesias performs on stage during the MTV EMA's 2014 at The Hydro on 9 November, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland
Enrique Iglesias performs on stage during the MTV EMA's 2014 at The Hydro on 9 November, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland

Sri Lanka's president says the organisers of an Enrique Iglesias gig should be whipped, as punishment over the behaviour of some female fans.

President Maithripala Sirisena said local women running on stage to kiss the singer and throwing their underwear at him during a concert in Colombo on 20 December was "most uncivilised".

"This is most uncivilised behaviour that goes against our culture," President Sirisena told a public meeting.

"I don't advocate that these uncivilised women who removed their brassieres should be beaten with toxic stingray tails, but those who organised such an event should be."

Whipping with "toxic stingray tails" refers to an ancient punishment reserved for hardened criminals in medieval Sri Lanka.

Public displays of affection are frowned upon in conservative Sri Lankan society.

Police are known to have arrested couples for kissing in public parks.

The concert was part of the Latin pop star's Love and Sex world tour.

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