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Image of 3-yr-old 'Krishna' tied to leaf at Kerala festival triggers rage


Kozhikode, Sep 14 (Deccan Chronicle): In a bizarre incident, a three-year-old child dressed as Lord Krishna was tied to an artificial peepal leaf for nearly two and half hours during the Lord Krishna birth celebrations conducted in Kerala. A photograph of the child clicked during a procession in Payyannur on Tuesday has sparked outrage in the state.

The incident came to fore after Sreekant Usha Prabhakaran, a resident of Payyannur posted a photograph of the child on Facebook.

“I saw this little kid dressed up as Krishna and he was tied to an artificial peepal leaf for hours atop a vehicle during the procession organised by the Vivekanandan Seva Samiti,” he said.

Sreekant Usha Prabhakaran said initially he thought it was a statue but when he saw the child moving, shaking his head to avoid sunlight, he was alarmed. He said he instantly rang up Childline to convey the information but their response was cold.

"The person who picked up the phone said Childline has informed authorities concerned. I then posted the photograph on Facebook with my comments," Sreekant Usha Prabhakaran said.

“The procession with many vehicles of the Seva Samithi, began in the afternoon from near Payyannur New Bus Stand and had children dressed up in various styles. The photograph is that of a child dressed as Krishna and sleeping on a peepal leaf in one of the vehicles,” the Facebook post along with the picture said.

“Children standing in the procession had to bear the sunlight for hours. When I first saw the child, I thought it was a statue. Then I saw the child moving his hands and legs. The waist of the child seemed tied up to the leaf. The visual of the child lying down like this, with his head resting on a side to avoid sunlight reminded me of crucified Jesus,” the post said.

The post further said, "The person who picked up the phone asked me whether the child or his parents have any complaint. After some time, the call was transferred to Kannur Childline and I was able to talk to the woman who is in charge of Payannur. When I asked her to visit the spot, she said that it was not their duty, but what they do is only informing the authorities concerned.”

However, Amrutha KP Coordinator of Childline in Payyanur said as soon as they received the call, they enquired about the incident and found that the child was safe. She said the procession would have halted if the child was harmed and there was anything that would hurt him.

The picture has triggered debates on the social media with many people coming out against it.

Comment on this article

  • Shakal, Karkala

    Fri, Sep 15 2017

    Pls do not victimize innocents to show your Bhakti.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Sep 15 2017

    Atrocious ...

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  • Vinayak Prabhu, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 15 2017

    I have personally seen this on way to mangalore near Pilathara..behind part of leaf there was chair and kid was smiling..

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  • Rita, Germany

    Fri, Sep 15 2017

    What a pity and feel sorry for the child.Nowadays parents have no limit or pity on their child/ren ,rushing from one fashion show to the next ,to get attention ,and win prizes.Money no matter.Childs wellfair is least bothered.who asks or hear when child says no?we follow the Americas style .There too mothers have only wish,to present children in shows ,get money and rush to almost to every show.Dress children like dolls,makeup like anyother bigones.I say this should stop.All this styling a child is not good for their skin,no proper rest,they fall sick many times.Very strong lights,sounds for their eyes, ears is not good.mums please dont go after the fashion shows.when child is not ready to go to the stage,accept it.This special case too is pitiable.poor child had to face strong sunshine,and lay like a lamb .parents accepted it?police too kept quite?I find there should be age limit to such shows ,and their safety is important .

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 15 2017

    Freedom of expression or result of latest apex court ruling of privacy?

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  • swamy, mangalore

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    these days competitions have become the order of the day and every parent feels that if their children do not participate in such events it's a crime and the child is deprived of a greater global exposure. The other day I happened to watch Baby krishna contests and pained to watch many baby krishnas crying and refusing to go up the stage. You must notice the consternation in the face of the mothers and their attempts to put the baby in the arc light sorry limelight. Don't we have other ways of exposure to our children? Whither India?
    Could we set an age limit for such baby krishnas? It's almost a punishment rather bordering persecution of the child. Could any children organisation look into this?

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  • Mohammed, Kundapur/Qatar

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    to get attention, please do not harm kids.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    So sad and hapless. Shame on it's parents..

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