Thiruvananthapuram: Despite a ban announced by hospital authorities, people are still lighting candles in front of a statue depicting a young mother and child near the Sree Avittom Thirunal Hospital on the medical college campus here.
Health minister K K Shailaja had intervened to stop the worship about a year ago. People believe that lighting candles in front of the statue will help pregnant women have a hassle-free delivery.
Every day, at dusk, candles are lit in front of the statue. This happens next to a board that says the practice is banned there. Security personnel too do not stop those coming to light candles.
The authorities, meanwhile, reiterate that the statue is just a concrete sculpture and patients and their relatives shouldn't believe in rumours spread by some people.
The statue was built in 1990 as part of the beautification of the medical college. The oxygen plant and the emergency section are situated near the statue and the move to stop the practice of lighting candles and incense sticks was stopped considering the safety of these facilities.
The statue was built by former employee of the medical college Aryanad Rajendran. A team consisting of five artists took seven months to complete the 22 feet tall and five feet wide statue.