TN BJP President Annamalai, created a storm in social media when he tweeted the dying declaration of a girl Vanitha (name changed) even without masking the face of the child. We refrain from providing link of the tweet which is punishable under the POCSO Act.
In the video, a 17-year-old child could be seen in a hazy state answering questions from a male voice with high tenor. The child could be seen being slurry and incoherent. The male voice appears to be keen on getting the name “Rakesh Mary” repeatedly though the child even at such an incoherent state repeating some other name which ends sounding ‘Mary’. The girl was asked specifically to state whether she was forced to convert to Christianity, the girl says, ‘before two years’. The man again asks for name “Is it Rakesh Mary “.
Annamalai tweeted, “the girl has been forced to commit suicide due to the pressure of Christian missionary. He sought an independent enquiry, adequate compensation for the girls family and government job to a member of the family. Annamalai went on to aggravate. The venom of religious conversion is spreading across the state. State government should control this immediately, said Annamalai.
TN BJP Spokesperson Narayanan Thirupathy was quick to add fuel to the fire. In a statement released immediately after Annamalai’s communally inflammable tweet of Annamalai, Narayanan said, “Religious Christian conversion groups are spreading their poisonous tentacles across the state which is condemnable. The lumpen group that forced young girl ANITHA to commit suicide is conspicuously silent for Vanitha’s death. The girl’s parents had been forced to convert to Christianity. Since the girl refused to convert she was forced to clean toilets and wash vessels. She was carelessly taken to a private hospital and only later to Thanjavur Medical College GH.
Is the DMK trying to reap minority votes even in the death of this girl ? Will Stalin arrest the school management ? thundered Narayanan.
First let us see the facts. The girl Vanitha, is almost an orphan. She had lost both her parents. She is a brilliant student. She obtained 488/500 in 10th standard. Though she performed well in academics, she was scared to go home due to the mistreatment by her aunt. A student close to her says, when everyone in the hostel used to leave for home, Vanitha would stay back. Though the nuns used to comfort her, being an introvert she never confessed about her fear to any one.
A bit of history. The Sacred Heart Secondary School, St. Michaelpatti, Thirukkattuppalli. In the middle of 19th century, women in Tamil Nadu were treated as second class citizens without rights to education. The Christian missionaries decided to do something to uphold the dignity of women and improve the standard of families.
In February 1844, under Synod of Pondicherry Clement Bonnand, Bishop it was decided to educate female children and thus under the guidance of Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Glory, Pondicherry. First school was commenced in the same month in the name of Immaculate Heart of Mary schools at Pondicherry. The Michaelpatti school is also more than a century old.
The school at present teaches 700 students from very poor economic background without any classification and provides excellent education. More than 80 percent of the girl students are Hindus.
School and hostel were closed for Pongal holidays. Visiting home was a nightmare to the poor girl. Being a kid and introvert, she consumed a pesticide on 9th January and went home. On 10th January she started complaining of stomach ache without disclosing her consuming poison. Parents took her to a local private clinic and she was given some pain killers and anti-biotic. Her pain persisted. The local doctor could not diagnose things properly and referred the girl to Thanjavur Government Medical College Hospital for intensive treatment.
On 15th January 2022, she was admitted in the government hospital and seeing her medical history the doctors conducted several tests. Liver test revealed that the girl has consumed poison and that the liver is getting damaged severely which could not be arrested. When the girl was nudged kindly she revealed the poison story.
The Dean of the Medical College Hospital and immediately the Thanjavur Medical College Police Station PS registered a case and proceeded with investigation. On 16th January police arrested Jenin Sahaya Mary, the warden of the hostel, whom the girl named in her dying declaration on the same day and sent for judicial remand. In spite of Pongal holidays, the department functioning with skeletal strength, there was no lag in the police investigation.
Two confessions of the girl were video recorded. One by the police and the second one by the Judicial Magistrate on 16th January 2022. The girl’s condition continues to deteriorate in spite of best efforts by doctor. At this point of time, the local VHP thugs entered into the picture and took control of the uncle and aunt of the girl with the lure of money. BJP leader Karuppu Muruganandam who has several criminal cases to his credit entered into the picture and spread the news in whatasapp groups. The local Hindu groups long had an axe to grind against the century old school. They were very angry against the school management for the very fact that they are educating and empowering girl children.
The VHP organised a protest in Ariyalur, the native of the girl and courted arrest. They were later released. With the help of women personnel, the police force had made thorough enquiry with the class mates and room mates of the girl. In a school with majority Hindu students, none among them even indicated about any whisper of forced conversion. Police were satisfied that none from the school management were involved in the death of the girl.
A central Intelligence officer spoke on condition of anonymity. “All this is the handiwork of TN BJP President Annamalai. Annamalai for quite sometime has been fuming about the trolls in the social media. Right from his induction in TN BJP and his elevation as State President, Annamalai continues to be a butt of jokes and memes. All his steps to promote himself as an intelligent nationalistic politician ends up as stand up comedies. Being a novice in politics, Annamalai is unable to digest the trolls and he went to an extent of forming his own personal IT wing headed by a notorious conman Amar Prasad Reddy. (Reddy is a known fraudster who was caught posing himself as Union Government MSME Director General).
Within a span of a week, TN BJP was at the receiving end and made themselves a caricature. They burnt their fingers badly by raking up a kids skit show. The entire state laughed at their fury and involvement of Union I&B Minister in this trivial issue. Annamalai’s earlier attempt to create some ruffle by conducting sudden agitations across the state by bringing in leaders from other state for the alleged conspiracy to kill PM by Punjabis fell flat. He was in fact charged of being indiscriminate and spreading Covid.
Finally Modi’s bumble with the Teleprompter was the straw that broke the Camel’s back. The memes, jokes and cartoons were just simply unbearable for Annamalai. His position continued to become untenable due to the series of setbacks. He consulted Gurumurthy and got instructions similar to the one gave to former CM OPS.
Annamalai instructed his entire party to create this as a huge issue. The smooth RSS machinery was pressed into action. Suddenly Twitter started trending with the girl’s demanding justice. RSS lobby was pressed into action by BL.Santhosh and central agencies like National Commission for Children, National Minority Commission all and sundry will be pressed into action. Already the National Commission for Women and Child Rights has shot off a letter to TN DGP directing him to register an FIR and send a report within 7 days.
A senior Delhi journalist, who is privy to the facts concurred with the central intelligence officer. He had this to say.
“BJP has been facing a series of setbacks for the past few weeks in Tamil Nadu. Anything they do or say turns out to be a flop show in Tamil Nadu.
There are reports that the BJP high command in Delhi is unhappy with Annamalai because of his immature way of handling things in an important state like Tamil Nadu.
Annamalai has been desperate to capture the attention of the high command and has been engaging in a series of activities to garner the attention of the national leadership. But all his efforts end up in a flop show and he becomes a butt of ok jokes on social media.
Past few weeks have been the worst for BJP ever since Annamalai has taken over as party chief in the State. It began with Annamalai petitioning the Tamil Nadu Governor R N Ravi for lapse in Prime Minister’s security in Punjab, which became a laughing matter in the corridors of Raj Bhavan in Tamil Nadu.
The bad publicity the party received by backing a notorious rowdy element who was wanted by police in several cases. Pictures of Former Union Minister and BJP leader Pon Radhakrishanan visiting the house of a notorious rowdy and the photo-op triggered massive public outrage.
In another incident, BJP functionaries caught red handed aiding and abetting a former AIADMK Minister K T Rajenthera Balaji to evade arrest in a cheating case in Karnataka raised several questions about BJP’s promises of fighting corruption.
The recent controversy where Annamalai’s knee-jerk reaction to a satire show by kids alleging that the Zee Tamil used children to criticise the Prime Minister. This not only ensured the video goes viral but also became a much wanted BJP entertainment content for Pongal on social media. Annamalai became a meme content for this Pongal season on social media.
The tableau controversy clearly exposes the hypocrisy of the BJP and the tall claims made by the BJP government in honouring the icons. Though Annamalai tried to downplay the entire incident of Union Government rejecting Tamil Nadu tableau, but he was unable to convince the people of Tamil Nadu.
One should also not forget the planted news that appeared on right wing mouth organ Dinamalar that TN Governor is unhappy with Tamil Nadu Government and he is expected to crack the whip and has sent a secret report.
In this backdrop, the BJP has picked up this Thanjavur student suicide case and fabricated all facts to suit their deliberate ‘communal’ narrative. This is nothing but a clear conspiracy by the right-wing groups to derail the Republic Day celebrations in Tamil Nadu and with the Chief Minister challenge the Union Government over the tableau issue.
Annamalai is desperate now. He wants to be seen as a leader who is able to highlight serious issues. He started worrying about his position. He needed to do something drastic.
That is why with the help of the entire right wing ecosystem, the BJP wants to target the DMK government using the Thanjavur suicide case and giving it a communal colour. The action of the DMK government to send the Tableau across the state triggered him. He became desperate to prove himself to the Delhi top brass”, said the journalist.
How MK Stalin is going to tackle this complex attack remains to be seen.