Fact Check: Lavanya suicide: Viral claims attributed to NCPCR are false

A news card is widely being shared on social media claiming that the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)

By Tejal Sinha  Published on  7 March 2022 6:45 AM GMT
Fact Check: Lavanya suicide: Viral claims attributed to NCPCR are false

Hyderabad: A news card is widely being shared on social media claiming that the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) reported that there was no attempt to convert Ariyalur student Lavanya. Lavanya later committed suicide.






Fact Check

The claim is False.

NewsMeter began its investigation by searching for the NCPCR report on Lavanya's death.

According to the report by NCPCR, "It was observed by NCPCR that the authorities were trying to turn the incident into a story of the minor having an evil stepmother, and how she forced the deceased to do household work. However, during the visit, through the interaction with the school and the police, the NCPCR was made aware of how the minor girl was made to do official work of the CCI by the warden like bookkeeping, accounting, store management, etc and other work like cleaning the premises, washing toilets, opening the door, etc. It was observed that the investigating authorities were somewhere trying to conceal material facts pertaining to the care given to the child while she was staying in the CCI and also ignored all the pleadings made by the family to investigate regarding the minor being forced to convert to Christianity."

Nowhere did the report mention anything such as being claimed through the viral post.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OR9xnFWJ-KUuo1AqhV07oNAs00jJfQLV/view?usp=sharing

Apart from this, we found a tweet by PIB Fact Check on March 03, 2022.

"@news7tamil citing a report by the 'National Commission for Protection of Child Rights' has claimed that conversion was not the reason for the death of Ariyalur student Lavanya. This claim is Fake. No such conclusion has been drawn in @NCPCR_'s report," stated the Tweet by the official handle of PIB Fact Check.



This news was also shared on the Twitter handle of PIB in Tamil Nadu and PIB in Nagaland on March 03, 2022.

The tweet by PIB in Nagaland was further retweeted by the official Twitter handle of NCPCR.

Apart from this, we found a report on the website 'The Commune' on March 03, 2022, titled "Complaint filed against News 7 Tamil for misquoting NCPCR's report on Lavanya suicide."

"A legal activist collective `Legal Rights Protection Forum', has asked to file a complaint with the Press Information Bureau to take appropriate action against News 7 Tamil. In its petition, the LRPF has also asked PIB to direct Twitter to suspend the handle of the 'News 7 Tamil' for spreading misinformation," read the report.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/thecommunemag.com/complaint-filed-against-news-7-tamil-for-misquoting-ncpcrs-report-on-lavanya-suicide/amp/

Hence, it is evident that the claim is False. No such conclusion has been drawn by NCPCR.

Claim Review:National Commission for Protection of Child Rights reported that there was no attempt to convert the religion in the incident of Lavanya's demise.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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