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[Lavanya Death Case] PIL Filed by Ashwini Upadhyay in SC Against Forceful Religious Conversions [Read PIL]

Lawstreet Journal 1 Feb 2022 8:11pm

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In the case of M Lavanya's alleged death by suicide in Tamil Nadu, Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, Supreme Court Advocate and BJP Leader, has petitioned the Supreme Court to 'regulate deceptive religious conversion.' The suspected suicide of a 17-year-old girl from Thanjavur made the news, prompting speculation that it was a case of coercion and undue influence in a fraudulent religious conversion. 

Kumar's petition, represented by Advocate Ashwani Kumar Dubey (AOR to the Supreme Court) also requests that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) / Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigate the alleged suicide and/or the National Human Rights Commission / National Commission for Protection of Child Rights investigate the root cause of Lavanya's death, on January 19, 2022.

"Petitioner also seeks a declaration that fraudulent religious conversion and religious conversion by intimidation, threatening, deceivingly luring through gifts and monetary benefits offends Articles 14, 21, 25 of the Constitution," the plea said.

The Petitioner further states that Lavanya’s shocking and untimely demise is a wake-up call and it is not just about this case but many more girls have been compelled to take drastic measures as a result of such coercive-persuasive tactics.

While Article 14 of the Indian Constitution guarantees equality before the law and equal protection under the law, Article 21 guarantees the protection of an individual's life and personal liberty. Notably, Article 25 bestows moral rights on a person in order to protect his or her right to practise and spread any religion of one's choosing.

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