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TN girl suicide: Education official rules out forced religious conversion

The District Education Officer (DEO) has submitted a report ruling out the conversion angle in the suicide of a Class 12 student in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, alleging forced conversion to Christianity.

The student was allegedly forced to clean the rooms of her hostel and forced to convert to Christianity. She was hospitalized after attempting suicide. She died on Wednesday January 19 after failing to respond to treatment.

The survey report says that over the past 10 years, 5,270 Hindu students have studied at the school compared to 2,290 Christian students and 179 Muslim students.

According to the report, the DEOs have visited the school 16 times since 2010 and found no students complaining of religious conversion.

The report also states that the student suffered from vitiligo, a disease in which the skin loses its pigment cells.

The DEO report dwells more on school records and it was found that different names were recorded in his school certificates. Officials discovered that Saranya, the one who alleged the forced conversion in an interview, was the girl’s stepmother. His mother Kanimozhi had died.

During the Covid epidemic, the student did not go home for the summer holidays in March 2020 but stayed with the nuns and continued her studies. She earned 487 points in 2020 by earning first place in her school. She attended nine days of school in February 2021 and nine days in March 2021 and did not attend any of the online classes.

During her 12th, she attended classes for 12 days in September, 14 days in October, 14 days in November, 21 days in December, and 10 days in January while staying with the nuns. The student was later sent home after complaining of stomach pain.

The report states that given the high number of Hindu students studying at the school, there has been no religious propaganda from the headmaster or any other teacher.

The initial statement from the girl’s parents had no angle of conversion. Now another petition has been filed and this angle will also be investigated, police said.

The case will be heard in the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Friday.

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