Kerala minister says she is ‘Sreemathi’, not ‘Kumari’


Thiruvananthapuram: P.K. Jayalakshmi, Kerala’s sole woman cabinet minister, has issued a circular asking everyone to address her as “Sreemathi” and not “Kumari”.


Despite marrying her childhood friend Anil Kumar on May 10, the minister for welfare of Scheduled Tribes realized that she continued to be addressed in all communication as “Kumari Jayalakshmi”.

Exasperated, she asked her office to issue an order requesting everyone to change the prefix to “Sreemathi”.

“Yes, an official circular had to be issued and it has been done,” an aide to the minister told IANS.