Thiruvananthapuram : The kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has registered a case against the “Kuthiyottam” ritual performed during Attukal Pongala festival. Case has been registerd on the basis of media reports.
Kuthiyottam performed as part of the Pongal festival by young boys, who are made to undergo penance. At the end of the ritual, an iron hook is pierced into the bodies of young boys, the DGP R Sreelekha said in a blog posts on Tuesday.
The commission will examine if any child rights violation took place during the ritual. The reports have come after Sreelekha in her blog titled- ‘ Time to Stop this yearly Crime in the Name of Faith!’ had said “while women of certain age groups are banned near Sabarimala, men of every age group throng around Attukal Temple during ‘Pongala’.
“I want to stop this archaic and gruesome practice (Kuthiyottam) where bodies of young boys are pierced. I stand by to what I have said and don’t care what the temple authorities,” R Sreelekha told.