Yesterday, officers from Gianyar regency’s Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) escorted a Russian tourist to a mental hospital in Bangli regency after she allegedly exhibited disturbing behavior at the villa she was staying at.
One of the officers, Wayan Nasta, told Bali Post that Satpol PP went to the villa after receiving a report about her behavior.
“We found her and she looked as if she was in a daze, so we tried to slowly talk to her,” Nasta said.
Nasta did not offer more details about what exactly the woman had done, but the word mengamuk, which roughly translates to “going berserk”, was used to describe her actions.
The tourist, identified as Anna Ivanova by local media outlets, was then apprehended by the officers because she kept quiet when questioned. Ivanova, who reportedly had been staying for two weeks at in Sukawati, Gianyar, was then escorted to Bangli Mental Hospital.
“Along the way, she was restless. She kept on kicking the officers,” Nasta said.
The Satpol PP officer said Ivanova might be depressed, which he said was common among tourists who ran out of money during their vacation. This was later confirmed by the chief of Gianyar’s Satpol PP, I Made Watha, who said that doctors have diagnosed her as having mental health issues.
“She’s depressed, that’s true. We brought her to Bangli for a medical check-up … Once she’s back to normal, she will be handed to her embassy and she might be sent home,” Watha told Kumparan.
Last month, Bali immigration said foreign tourists who have ran out of money or are pretending to be beggars will be reported and sent to their respective embassies. Recently, the holiday island has seen a rising number of cases involving problematic tourists.