CHENNAI: A journalist received threats on social media for exposing the bizarre temple ritual in Madurai where semi-undress teenaged and younger girls are forced to live inside a temple for over two weeks under the supervision of a priest.
AR Meyyammai, who wrote the story on 24 September for The Covai Poston, a Coimbatore-based news portal received intimidating phone calls, soon after the report went live forcing her to lodge a formal complaint with the IT cell.
According to the temple’s tradition, the priest of the Yezhaikaatha Amman temple at Velalur have a free hand over choosing seven girls between the ages of 10-14 from 62 villages and ‘offered’ them to the deity.
The Covai Post website was bombarded with threatening phone calls, hate and abuses calls.
“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,” Vidyashree Dharmaraj, editor-in-chief of Covai Post told Hindustan Times.