Thanjavur student suicide case: BJP-appointed committee meets girl’s parents

The BJP had earlier announced the establishment of a panel composed exclusively of women to establish the facts that led to the death by suicide of the 17-year-old student.

A committee of four BJP members, appointed by the party’s national chairman, JP Nadda, to establish the facts regarding the death by suicide of an underage girl on Tuesday, February 1, visited the district and met with the student’s family. JP Nadda had earlier announced the setting up of an all-female panel, consisting of Sandhya Ray from Madhya Pradesh, Vijayashanthi from Telangana, Chitra Wagh from Maharashtra and Geetha Vivekananda from Karnataka, to fact check leading to the 17-year-old student. year. death by suicide. The student’s death sparked controversy in Tamil Nadu after a video of her went viral after her death, in which she alleged that a nun at the hostel, Raquel Mary, tried to force her, her and her parents, to convert to Christianity two years ago.

Vijayashanthi, speaking to reporters after meeting the district collector, said the team discussed the matter with him and insisted on ‘justice’ for the student. “We have spoken to the family members. We will submit a report to Naddaji after collecting the information one by one…there should be justice for the girl,” she said. She wanted a “complete shutdown of the conversion” and insisted such incidents should not happen again. She advised young girls against resorting to such extreme measures and wanted them to face problems boldly.

The girl from a missionary school in Thanjavur committed suicide on January 19. Lavanya M lived in a boarding house called Sacred Hearts Higher Secondary School at Michaelpatti in Thanjavur. She died on January 19. After her death, a video emerged of Lavanya, which was shot when she was admitted to hospital two days before her death. In the 44-second video, Lavanya can be heard saying that two years ago a woman called Raquel Mary asked her to convert to Christianity, which she and her parents refused. Based on his statement, Thirukattupalli police arrested and remanded the school hostel manager.

A few days later, another video of her before her death was leaked, in which she recounted that she had made the decision to end her life after the hostel manager’s extra work caused her to lose her life. delayed in his studies. There was no mention of converting in this new video.

Student Plus Two’s suicide has fueled a row in the state with the BJP and Hindu organizations alleging her death was sparked by an attempt to forcibly convert her to Christianity – a charge denied by authorities and management from school.

Also read: Student suicide in Thanjavur: No complaints about religion at school in 10 years, department says

On January 31, the Madras High Court transferred the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Also Read: Not Unlikely Conversion Angle: What Madras HC Said About Thanjavur Student Suicide Case

If you know someone who has mental health issues or is feeling suicidal, please provide help. Here are some hotline numbers for suicide prevention organizations that can offer emotional support to individuals and families.

Tamil Nadu

State Health Department Suicide Hotline: 104

Sneha Suicide Prevention Center – 044-24640050 (listed as the only suicide prevention hotline in Tamil Nadu)

Andhra Pradesh

Suicide prevention: 78930 78930

Roshni: 9166202000, 9127848584


Sahaï (24 hours a day): 080 65000111, 080 65000222


Maitri: 0484 2540530

Chaitram: 0484 2361161

Both are 24 hour helpline numbers.


State Government Suicide Prevention (toll-free): 104

Roshni: 040 66202000, 6620200

SEVA: 09441778290, 040 27504682 (between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.)

Aasara provides support for individuals and families during an emotional crisis, those dealing with mental health issues and suicidal ideation, and those experiencing trauma following the suicide of a loved one.

24/7 hotline: 9820466726

Click on here for work helplines across India.

With PTI inputs

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