Tourists take 'walk of shame' in Indonesia

Two Australian tourists (above) allegedly stole a bicycle from a hotel on Gili Trawangan, a popular island off the coast of Lombok. As per tradition on the island, they were made to walk around wearing signs that read "I am thieve (sic). Don't do wha
Two Australian tourists (above) allegedly stole a bicycle from a hotel on Gili Trawangan, a popular island off the coast of Lombok. As per tradition on the island, they were made to walk around wearing signs that read "I am thieve (sic). Don't do what I did".PHOTO: INSTAGRAM

JAKARTA • Two Australian tourists accused of stealing a bicycle have been forced to take a "walk of shame" through an Indonesian island with signs round their necks, an official said yesterday.

"I am thieve (sic). Don't do what I did," the signs read.

The tourists, whose identities were not revealed, allegedly stole the bicycle about 10 days ago on Gili Trawangan, a popular tourist destination in central Indonesia.

CCTV recordings showed the two Australians taking a bike from the hotel, said village chief Muhamad Taufik.

The hotel manager reported the case to the authorities who caught the pair the following day, Mr Taufik added.

"We interrogated them, made an agreement, paraded them around the island and forced them to leave Gili," Mr Taufik told Agence France-Presse.

The two were the first foreigners this year to undergo a "walk of shame" on the island. A few Indonesians have been forced to take part in similar parades for theft this year.

National laws are in force on the island but it is unclear whether the Australians underwent a formal police investigation.

"The walk of shame parade is a regulation in our village. I don't know whether the police are charging them now. What matters to me is that they're now gone," Mr Taufik said.

Such parades have taken place for years on Gili Trawangan, a tiny island off the coast of Lombok and just east of the major resort island of Bali.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 21, 2016, with the headline 'Tourists take 'walk of shame' in Indonesia'. Print Edition | Subscribe