India temple stirs controversy for ‘piercing’ children’s bodies

Source: BBC News

A Hindu temple ritual in which boys aged between five and 12 years are pierced with metal hooks is stirring controversy in India after a senior police officer spoke out against it.

Sreelekha Radhamma, chief of prisons, called it “rigorous mental and physical abuse” in a blog post on 27 February.


She said the practice amounted to a criminal offence under Indian law.

An official at the temple in Kerala state told the BBC’s Ashraf Padanna “we don’t force anybody” to participate.

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