Conversion is not a new problem miring the Hindu society. However, the way media treats it is becoming a cause of concern for the majority of this country. Another one of such mistreatment is currently going on in Tamil Nadu. Tamil media is attacking the family of Lavanya, who had killed herself.
17-year old commits suicide due to forced conversion
Recently, a 17-year old child had to kill herself due to being constantly pressurized to change her religion from Hinduism to Christianity. She was a student of Sacred Heart Higher Secondary School, Thirukattupali in Thanjavur. Sacred Heart is a government-aided Christian school.
Apparently, Lavanya was being coerced with indirect measures to convert. The coercion came in the form of punishment. At the time when other children had gone for Pongal holidays, Lavanya was forced to clean toilets, wash dishes and do other chores. The little kid could not near the pain and drank pesticide.
In her dying declaration, Lavanya had said, “My name is Lalita (name changed). They (school) had asked my parents in my presence if they can convert me to Christianity and help her for further studies. Since I didn’t accept, they kept scolding me”
Media bias explicitly visible
Meanwhile, the media did not cover it with a conversion angle. Times of India tried to twist it as a suicide by the child who could not bear the stress. Even after the conversion angle was revealed, the media tried its best to suggest otherwise. When Lavanya’s mother was describing her plight, the reporters tried to obfuscate the issue.
When the mother was stating that Lavanya had killed herself after being forced for conversion, media persons asked her about police denying these claims. Poor mother lost her patience with the media and said “Do you want to say what she said in her dying declaration is false”?
Heartless. Heartless media people. Deceased #Lavanya’s parent explaining how she was tortured to convert to Christianity & these media people repeatedly drilling her mercilessly to corner her in support of the school. Absolutely disgraced with this insensitive, shameless conduct. pic.twitter.com/y3V0UqF6Fx
— SG Suryah (@SuryahSG) January 21, 2022
Media criticised for insensitive coverage
The lopsided coverage from media was criticised by every corner of the public space.
SG Suryah, Company Secretary and BJP media spokesperson called irrational questioning of the mother as the lowest point of media coverage.
I'm pained, appalled & disgraced with how certain Tamil media houses/people behave in #JusticeForLavanya! This is the lowest point, it is vindicated that she was forced to convert. From deceased #Lavanya to her family is being targeted just because they are standing by the truth.
— SG Suryah (@SuryahSG) January 21, 2022
R Rajagopalan, a well-known journalist showcased how 7 popular Tamil TV blacked out the conversion angle in suicide.
A blackout by 7 popular Tamil tv-of Lavanya 17 year student two years tortured hacked to death news by a nun to convert Hinduism to Christianity. No news clip no debate.People are angry. One sided DMK @arivalayam anti @BJP4India @narendramodi media. Only on @TimesNow @CNNnews18 pic.twitter.com/9WjItcqF2I
— R. RAJAGOPALAN (@RAJAGOPALAN1951) January 22, 2022
Kapil Mishra, a prominent BJP leader slammed the silence of every section including media, judiciary and political class.
Shameless silence of media, judiciary and political class on the murder of young girl lavanya by school authorities in Tamilanadu
Lavanya is killed by fraud missionaries who think they are free to convert anyone illegally#JusticeforLavanya
— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishra_IND) January 21, 2022
Anshul Saxena, another prominent social media influencer criticised media for ignoring the conversion angle.
Lavanya, student of Sacred Heart School, Tamil Nadu, committed suicide, said in video:
1. She was tortured by school for refusing to convert to Christianity
2. She was forced to clean rooms.
Many media ignored her statement on 'conversion' & only mentioned about cleaning rooms pic.twitter.com/3H4fEwFuBi
— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) January 22, 2022
Various other tweets were sent in support of Lavanya.
Welcome the judgment by the Madurai High Court today!
Let the deceased girl get her dignity & even that was denied by the one sided investigation! The focus till now was on harassing the parents; whistle blowers in this case & the people who were giving their voice for justice! pic.twitter.com/IMyO4STbdH
— K.Annamalai (@annamalai_k) January 22, 2022
Those who are funded by missionaries will not dare to raise their voice for Lavanya.
This conversion nexus has been hollowing the roots of our culture and our civilization.
Request all to raise their voice
— Ashish Jaggi (@AshishJaggi_1) January 23, 2022
The way people in the public domain have come out in support of Lavanya is a clear indication of the fact that Hindus are more aware than ever of Conversions. The media should learn some lessons from these individuals. Conversions are real and they have been going on in India for the last 400-500 years. Ignoring it will not solve the problem; it will only lead to the illegitimacy of traditional media.