Father says 11-year-old son was branded with hot iron in religious ceremony at Hindu temple in Texas without his approval

Father says 11-year-old son was branded with hot iron in religious ceremony at Hindu temple in Texas without his approval


The family of an 11-year-old boy is filing a lawsuit against a Hindu temple in Texas after they say he was left disfigured from being branded with a hot iron in a religious ceremony.

Vijay Cheruvu said his son suffers from extreme pain and permanent disfigurement over the branding he received without the father’s notification or approval.

“I was shocked. I didn’t know how to handle it. My primary concern is for my son’s well-being,” Cheruvu said to KHOU-TV.

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The lawsuit claims that over a 100 participated in the ceremony at the Ashtalakshmi Temple off Synott Road in Sugar Land in August. Three of those participants were children, including Cheruvu’s son.

He said his son was branded in two spots on

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