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A 17-year-old girl in Tamil Nadu died by suicide due to forced religious conversion.

Multiple videos circulated online regarding the Tamil Nadu student suicide case. Police are investigating the matter and authenticating the videos.

Multiple videos circulated online regarding the Tamil Nadu student suicide case. Police are investigating the matter and authenticating the videos.Lavanya, a class 12 pupil of Sacred Heart Higher Secondary School in Michaelpatti near Thirukattupalli in Tamil Nadu's Thanjavur district, died on January 19, 2022, while seeking treatment following consumption of a pesticide on January 9. A 44-second video of the 17-year-old student went viral on social media after her death, implying that Lavanya killed herself due to the forced conversion. In the video, the girl said that she had been asked to convert to Christianity two years earlier but had refused.

Following the 44-second clip, India Today reports that Lavanya claimed that she attempted suicide as the hostel warden harassed her in a new leaked two-minute-24-second video. She was compelled to work rather than study, and she was not allowed to visit her family during the Pongal vacation. She was, however, returned home due to her poor health. It reports further that when asked if she was not allowed to wear a bindi, the girl responded negatively. India Today reports authorities are investigating the girl's allegations of harassment.

Tamil Nadu police have learned that four videos of the student in the hospital were recorded, of which two have been leaked. The student's parents did not complain about conversion in their First Investigation Report on January 15. Following Lavanya's death, her parents submitted the viral 44-second video to the police, stating that the girl was forced to convert, the News Minute reports.

It further reports that on January 17, Muthuvel, Ariyalur District Secretary of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, had recorded the viral videos. Before Muthuvel's recording, the Judicial Magistrate documented Lavanya's final statement on January 16, at 4:10 pm, but she did not mention conversion.

The Times of India reports that the BJP and other groups linked Lavanya's death to various twists. In addition, the victim's father only claimed conversion after the videos were released.

The police sources stated that the latest video's veracity was reviewed, and a forensic investigation was conducted to discover if video footage had been manipulated. The phone used to record the girl's footage has been sent to Chennai for forensic examination, reports the Hindu.

We conclude that the claim is unverifiable at this time because the case is ongoing, and the authenticity of the video is being investigated.

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