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Religious conversion charge : Madras HC orders CBI probe into Tanjavur girl suicide case

- January 31, 2022

Chennai, Jan 31 (BPNS)

The Madurai bench of the Madras high court has ordered a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the suicide case of a plus two girl student at a Christian management school in Tanjavur on January 19th.

Justice GR Swaminathan of the Madurai Bench of the Madras High court has ordered the probe following a petition filed by the father of the Plus two student. The father of the student has in his complaint alleged that the Christian missionary school, Tanjavur had forced the girl to do household chores after she refused to convert to Christianity.

The father of the girl had alleged that after the girl completed her tenth standard from the school, the Christian management school had tried to compel him and his wife to agree to convert their daughter to Christianity.

He said that they had refused and this led to the hostel warden forcing her to do household chores in the hostel including washing of clothes and other utensils. The father of the girl also alleged that the girl was forced to clean the school campus and was not even allowed to go to her home during holidays.

The father in his petition submitted before the Madurai bench of the Madras High court requested for a CBI probe into the matter as the physical and mental torture inflicted by the school authorities had led to the suicide of his daughter. He had requested the court that a CBI probe would bring to light the conditions that led to the suicide of his daughter including how the school authorities were forcing children from poor backgrounds to convert to Christianity.

Justice G.R. Swaminathan in his order said that it was not fair for the state investigating agencies to conduct the inquiry into the death of the girl and ordered a CBI probe into the matter.

It may be noted that the BJP state president K. Annamalai had charged that the school was indulging in conversion and that the Plus two student died because of her being forced to convert. Hindu Munnani and RSS had also demanded a CBI probe into the matter.