Buddhist locals have now arranged to spend the day cleaning the shrine
A drunk female tourist has sparked outrage after stripping off and climbing on to a Buddhist shrine before chanting, ranting and swearing while swigging a beer.
Farah Haque, 28, reportedly originally from Bangladesh, was caught on camera as she climbed onto the religious site in Chiang Mai of northern Thailand on Monday evening, according to reports in the Sun and the Daily Mail, among other outlets.
The Sun reports that Ms. Haque is from Bangladesh, although that fact has not been independently corroborated by Dhaka Tribune.
She shouted abuse at passersby, attempting to talk her down, before police came to escort her to the nearby Suan Prung Psychiatric Hospital to sober up before being assessed by doctors.
Officers said she had initially arrived as a tourist but had been working as an English teacher since April.
Police Lt Col Somkit Phusod from Chaing Mai police station said Farah had been staying at a hostel in the city.
He said: “We suspected that she was quite drunk, she could not control herself and she was causing a terrible scene.
“The first thing we did was take her to the hospital to rest. When she is sober the doctors will check her psychological state.”
Officers said Farah had also been seen stumbling around while drunk the night before.
Lt Col Somkit added: “The correct procedure is for psychological reports to be produced which will help us when considering any charges or fines.
“We are informing her embassy and acquaintances in Thailand.”
Buddhist locals have now arranged to spend the day cleaning the shrine.