Did Ezra Sargunam, KS Alagiri give clean chit to TN school in suicide case?

Amid conversion row, social media users are claiming that Archbishop Ezra Sargunam has said that investigation into the Tamil Nadu school is unnecessary.

By Misha Rajani  Published on  29 Jan 2022 4:58 AM GMT
Did Ezra Sargunam, KS Alagiri give clean chit to TN school in suicide case?

HYDERABAD: Amid conversion row, social media users are claiming that Archbishop Ezra Sargunam has said that investigation into the Tamil Nadu school is unnecessary.

This follows the suicide by a student over an alleged forced conversion.

The post carries the purported statement by Ezra Sargunam on the issue.


"The investigation into the school is unnecessary. Student Lavanya committed suicide, it was her personal choice. It is our call to follow Christianity. If she did not like what was going on, she should have joined another school. No action should be taken against the administrators of Sacred Heart High School," the statement reads.

Another post quoted Congress leader KS Alagiri as saying: "The death of student Lavanya is an ordinary suicidal case. BJP is taking it as a religious act. As per the guidelines of Mother Sonia Gandhi, the Congress party will stand by the Christians"


FACT CHECK:

Claim 1: Ezra Sargunam

The news post carrying the logo of Puthiya Thalaimurai is dated January 22. NewsMeter checked the social media pages of media organizations but found no such post. Further, no other media organizations reported the statement made by Ezra Sargunam. Had Sargunam made the statement, opposition parties and media organizations would have picked it up. But no such thing has happened.

NewsMeter noticed the design and font of the viral news post do not match the official posts of Puthiya Thalaimurai. To confirm the authenticity of the post, NewsMeter contacted the media organization and received confirmation that the viral post is fake.

Claim 2: KS Alagiri

The news post carries the logo of Thanthi TV. NewsMeter checked the social media pages of media organizations but found none. Further, no other media organizations reported the purported statement of KS Alagiri.

To confirm the authenticity of the viral post, NewsMeter contacted Thanthi TV and received confirmation that they have not put up the post.

Evidently, both the viral posts are fake.

Claim Review:Ezra Sargunam and Congress leader KS Alagiri have passed statements in favor of the school and in support of Christianity
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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