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Purification row - Ravi's son lodges complaint

india Updated: Jun 02, 2007 19:39 IST
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A day after Kerala's Devaswam Minister said that the Guruvayur temple's high priest could be prosecuted if a complaint was lodged by Vayalar Ravi's son over a purification ceremony, the latter on Saturday said he has already asked in writing the temple authorities to look into the embarrassment faced by his family.

"My complaint is already there before Guruvayur Devaswom Managing Committee. It is for the authorities to act upon it," Ravikrishna said when asked about minister G Sudhakaran's statement on Friday that the government was ready to prosecute the 'thanthri' for the 'punyaham' after Ravikrishna's visit on the ground that his mother hailed from a Christian family.

On the rider that the complaint should be supported by proper documents to prove that he is a Hindu, Ravikrishna said if anybody had any doubt, they could very well verify the records at the institutions where he studied.

"Moreover, if your father is a Hindu, presumption is that you are a Hindu. It is prima facie self-evident," he said.

The argument of the thanthri, Chennas Raman Namboodiripad, that a person's religion was determined on the basis of his or her mother's faith was not sustainable as matriarchal system had been abolished by an act of the assembly some 30 years back, he said.

The controversy arose following the conduct of 'punyaham' after the 'choroonu' (first rice feeding) of Ravikrishnaa's son in the temple on May 18.