The 17-year-old girl, named Lavanya, was a Class 12 student and was staying at the St Michael’s Girls’ Home in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. As per media reports, on January 9, Lavanya was admitted to the hospital after she started vomiting and complained about a stomach ache.
Later, a video shot prior to her being taken to the hospital surfaced. It is unclear who shot the video, but in the clip, Lavanya can be seen narrating the ordeals that she had been facing at her boarding house, which had led to her being disturbed.
She said that she was being constantly scolded by the hostel warden, who was also allegedly making her clean all the rooms in the hostel. She also alleged that she was being forced to change her religion and take up Christianity.
After being transferred to the Tanjore Medical College Hospital, Lavanya regained consciousness and confessed to the doctors that she had tried to take her own life. It is believed that she attempted suicide on January 9 after ingesting pesticides.
The parents of the student filed an FIR on January 15 and Lavanya’s last statement was recorded on video by the Judicial Magistrate. She passed away on January 19 after not responding to treatment, after which her parents again approached the authorities.