By way of background, the deceased child Lavanya had consumed pesticide when she was in the school hostel. The judicial magistrate had recorded her dying declaration.
In her police statement on January 16 as well as in her statement before the judicial magistrate, the child directly and in unambiguous terms accused the hostel warden of burdening her with non-academic chores as a result of which, she consumed the pesticide.
Based on her statements, the hostel warden was booked for offences under Sections 305, 511 of Indian Penal Code 1860 and Sections 75 and 82(1) of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.
At a later stage, a private video implicating the school’s correspondent began circulating on social media. When the same was brought to the notice of the Superintendent of Police, she told a reporter that in the preliminary enquiry, the religious conversion angle was not made out.
This led to the father of the deceased child losing faith in the investigation and thus, he moved the High Court.