Why is Nation with Lavanya trending, What is the case all about?

Ground Report | New Delhi: Why is Nation with Lavanya trending; The hashtag “Nation with Lavanya” is all the rage on the microblogging social networking site after a 17-year-old 12th grader ended her life due to bullying she faced at her school.

Why is Nation with Lavanya trending

M Lavanya, a Grade 12 student at Sacred Heart Senior High School, Thirukattupali in Thanjavur, Tamilnadu, committed suicide after being tortured by school authorities for allegedly refusing to convert to Christianity. Reportedly, the school had said that she must convert to Christianity if she wished to continue her studies at the school.

Lavanya has been living in St. Michael’s Girls Hostel near her school for the past five years, and her government-assisted Christian missionary school had been pressuring her to convert to Christianity. However, Ella Lavanya was adamant about not abandoning her religion and refused to convert.

Angered by Lavanya’s resistance, the school administration cancelled her application for leave for the Pongal celebrations. Lavanya, who was supposed to visit her house during the holidays, was forced to do chores like cleaning the school toilets, cooking and washing dishes. A despondent Lavanya is reported to have consumed pesticides used in the school garden to end her life.

What is the case all about?

Lavanya has been living in St. Michael’s Girls Hostel near her school for the past five years, and her government-assisted Christian missionary school had been pressuring her to convert to Christianity. However, Ella Lavanya was adamant about not abandoning her religion and refused to convert.

Lavanya’s father, S Muruganantham, told the Madras High Court that police were trying to implicate the person who recorded the video. He said the cops were trying to protect the perpetrators who tortured his daughter for conversion. “We lost our daughter but we don’t want the same to happen with someone else’s child,” the girl’s mother told reporters separately.

Meanwhile, local police have arrested the guard, Sakayamari, and are continuing the investigation from various angles. The cops also booked unidentified people to record the said video under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Juvenile Justice Act. However, several Hindu organizations and sections of the public demanded an investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

The Madras High Court has ordered Thanjavur Police to carry out a full investigation into the viral video. He further asked cops not to harass the person who took the video, an allegation made by the girl’s family. “Law enforcement should focus on the circumstances that led to the child’s suicide,” the HC said.

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1 thought on “Why is Nation with Lavanya trending, What is the case all about?”

  1. Lavanya’s suicide is very serious threat to a welfare state. The state has to take extreme action to curb this menace, preventing the practice of conversion either by invoking Compulsory Conversion Prevention Act or else and should stop this practice hereafter.

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