It sounds like a scene right from a comedy film. In fact, it is a tragedy. It is a classic case of how people are carried away when they're overtaken by greed. Children of a colony in Guntur city and near by villages had undergone mass tonsure after their parents were told that they would get huge amounts if they got tonsured the heads of their wards.
One Mrs Sailaja, a resident of a colony in Guntur city received a call recently from a mysterious person asking her to tonsure the heads of her children in order to get huge money. After getting the same call again, she has decided to tonsure the heads of her children. The news immediately caught like a wild fire and many parents of nearby villages also got their children rushed to the nearest barber shops to get tonsured. It started small but soon it became a feverish activity in the town.
There are a sizable number of tonsured heads in Guntur and nearby villages.
Mrs Sailaja, who was the first one to be cheated, says, "He (the mysterious caller) persuaded us to tonsure our children by continuously calling us on phone. We heeded his advice as he promised us money. Now his phone is switched off."
Some people claim that the caller was one Mohan Rao of Narasaraopet, a small town near Guntur. Some others suspect that it is a trick played by some person to fulfill his offering to god.
Ms Shahanaz says. " I cut my daughter's hair which was long and beautiful. Now I repent. Parents in the nearby villages also tonsured their children.
Some parents lodged a complaint with the police demanding the arrest of the unknown trickster.