Kannur: In an act wrought with insensitivity, a three-year-old child, dressed as Lord Krishna, was strapped onto the model of a peepal leaf mounted on a moving vehicle, as part of the Sree Krishna Jayanthi celebrations at Payyannur here on Tuesday.
The photo of the hapless child, placed wantonly on the peepal leaf symbolizing the Hindu God's flotation during the primordial deluge, went viral on social media soon after and the Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights registered a suo motu case.
The child was in the same position for nearly two-and-a-half hours under the hot sun. The panel sought an explanation in two weeks from the home secretary, the state police chief, the collector and the district police. The panel also sought an update on the action taken so far based on the recommendations made by the government for children's welfare and protection. The procession was organized by Vivekananda Seva Samithi, as per reports.
The photo was posted by Payyannur resident Sreekanth Usha Prabhakaran who also informed of the toddler's suffering to the Childline, though in vain.
During the 'maha shobha yatra' held by the Bala Gokulam in various parts of the state, colorful processions were taken out with little children dressed as Krishna and Radha. Another cultural procession organized by the CPM, 'Mahatjanangale Mathrukayakkuka' also held in Kannur.