Never Intervened With Students’ Religious Beliefs: School Where TN Girl Killed Herself For ‘Forced Conversion’

The school, where a Thanjavur girl took her own life alleging forced conversion, said it never interfered with students’ religious beliefs and agreed to cooperate fully with the investigation.

The school said it has never interfered in students’ religious beliefs (Representative image)

The school in Thanjavur, where a girl killed herself alleging forced conversion, released a statement saying management never interfered with students’ religious beliefs.

They added that they have run the institution for 180 years with the sole purpose of educating the marginalized and those who have been denied an education.

The school has agreed to cooperate fully with the investigation. The school also added that it was extremely hurtful to see their work belittled on the basis of false accusations.

THE INCIDENT

A class 12 student was allegedly forced to clean the rooms of her hostel in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, and forced to convert to Christianity. She was hospitalized after attempting suicide.

The 17-year-old was in a boarding house called St Michael’s Girls’ Home in Thanjavur.

When she regained consciousness, she told the doctors about her ordeal and her suicide attempt. Based on the interrogation, the police discovered that the principal of the boarding school had harassed the girl and forced her to convert to Christianity.

Based on the complaint, the police arrested the director of the boarding school, Sakayamari.

POLITICAL OVERFLOW

Since the incident came to light, the ruling DMK has alleged that the BJP state unit is using the child’s death to peddle a policy of hate. DMK leader Kanimozhi also accused the BJP of trying to create discord in Tamil Nadu.

“They are trying to create politics and discord here. Tamilnadu has always been a secular state and we all live as one. It is very sad that they are using the death of a child in this way,” she said.

Also read: Suicide of TN girl following forced conversion: Kanimozhi accuses BJP of causing discord

Ruth R. Culp