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Sri Lankan trio held after exposing themselves near sacred landmark, then posting their photos online

Two of the three young men who were arrested after exposing themselves at Pidurangala Rock in Sri Lanka. The photos were taken within sight of the Sigiriya rock fortress, a Unesco World Heritage site that showcases Buddhist culture.
Two of the three young men who were arrested after exposing themselves at Pidurangala Rock in Sri Lanka. The photos were taken within sight of the Sigiriya rock fortress, a Unesco World Heritage site that showcases Buddhist culture. PHOTO: TWITTER/ @AZIMUTHWORLD
Two of the three young men who were arrested after exposing themselves at Pidurangala Rock in Sri Lanka. The photos were taken within sight of the Sigiriya rock fortress, a Unesco World Heritage site that showcases Buddhist culture.
Two of the three young men who were arrested after exposing themselves at Pidurangala Rock in Sri Lanka. The photos were taken within sight of the Sigiriya rock fortress, a Unesco World Heritage site that showcases Buddhist culture.PHOTO: TWITTER/ @AZIMUTHWORLD

They dropped their pants, took photos, and posted them online.

Sri Lankan police tracked down and arrested three young men who exposed themselves at Pidurangala Rock, after the photos went viral.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 30, 2018, with the headline 'When following social media fads could get you into trouble '. Subscribe