Sri Lanka's president has said organisers of a recent Enrique Iglesias concert should be "whipped with toxic stingray tails" because it was "uncivilised".

Maithripala Sirisena said the concert in the capital Colombo on 20 December went "against our culture".

He told a public meeting in the eastern district of Ampara local women ran on stage and kissed the singer while others threw their underwear at him.

"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," he said.

Whipping with the tails of stingrays was reserved for hardened criminals in medieval Sri Lanka and is used as a popular idiom for extreme punishment of wrongdoing.

There has been no comment from the local organiser, Live Events, a company co-owned by Sri Lankan cricket stars Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.

In conservative Sri Lankan society, public displays of affection, even among married couples, is frowned upon.

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

Iglesias' fans paid prices ranging from 5,000 rupees to 50,000 rupees (235) to get to the live one-hour performance by the Spanish star at a rugby stadium which was part his world tour called Love And Sex.

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