The suicide of a 32-year-old woman at Manaloor in Thrissur, Kerala after an alleged character assassination in public by the ‘Oracle’ (Velichappadu) at her family temple during a ritual points to the larger social issue of moral policing in Kerala and this time in the guise of prophesying.
The Oracle of the Karanath family Temple, Sreekanth Karanath, 25, was arrested by Anthikkad Police and was presented to the Judicial Magistrate Court in Thrissur on Tuesday afternoon. He has been slapped with charges of abetting suicide.
The incident has raised questions regarding the misuse of a temple rituals of prophesying and blessings given by Oracle and the violation of its sanctity. The husband of the victim, Jobin, who is working in Muscat, says that she had been targeted earlier too. In the earlier incident his wife’s mobile phone call records were examined to ascertain whether she was calling other men as claimed by those who were casting aspersions on her.