Rituals are followed all over the world and the origins of some are lesser known than others, while some are beyond the understanding of the human mind. Similarly, India is a diverse country with a lot of rituals prevalent in its sub-cultures which cannot be comprehended by us.
One such ritual has been followed since ancient times in a temple in the Vellalur village of Madurai district, where a priest selects seven girls between the ages of 10 and 14 to live in the temple for fortnight. But the shocking part of it is that the girls are forced to remain half-naked covering their chests with only jewellery and flowers.
62 girls are paraded in front of the priest of Yezhaikaatha Amman temple at Vellalur and from them, the priest selects seven girls to be ‘offered’ to the deity. They are forced to live inside the temple under the supervision of the priest.
A news website posted this news as well as the video, following which a probe was launched into the temple’s proceedings. A committee came to the conclusion that while there were no evidences of sexual assault, the girls should be allowed to cover themselves up.
Shortly after, the Editor-in-chief of the news website started receiving threatening calls, hate calls and abuses. Vidyashree Dharmaraj, the Editor-in-chief of the website, Covai Post, spoke to Hindustan Times and said,
“I HAD TO SWITCH OFF MY PHONE AS THERE WAS A VOLLEY OF LIFE THREATS AND SEVERAL HATE CALLS EVER SINCE WE POSTED THE STORY AND MADURAI DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION REACHED THE SPOT TO PROBE.”
You can watch the video of the bizarre ritual here:
The ritual on its face is quite bizarre, regressive and maybe traumatic for the under-aged girls because roaming bare-chested in front of strangers is not something they would be comfortable with (even if we keep aside the possibility of sexual exploitation). Moreover, death threats to a person who was just doing their job is totally unacceptable.
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