Jain Teen dies, sparks debate on fasting Ritual in India

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Last week, a 13-year-old Jain teen died after ending a fast that lasted for more than two months. The Community says her parents have nothing to be apologetic for. Aradhana Samdariya Died of Cardiac arrest just two days after ending her 68 days long fast.

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This incident has brought focus and sparked a debate on the fasting rituals in India.

A police spokesperson told that a case has been filed by child rights organization against parents, Jewellers based in Hyderabad.

In response, 640 prominent community members have sent to the police a list of children along with their photographs from the community who had fasted.

They told, 19 children from the community have undertaken religious fasts for “long periods” in recent years.

Parent’s on the other hand, has insisted she voluntarily fasted as prescribed in Jainism.

It is said that her parents didn’t pressurize her to fast. Her father, Lakshmichand Samdariya told that on day 35 and again on day 51, he urged her to eat- but was turned down.

Her uncle said, “Aradhana was pious since the age of five, and had, in the last two years, trained for the marathon fast. Early morning, she would be the first to turn up at our temple for prayers, before anyone else”.

Narender Surana, the Hyderabad-based businessman says, it is wrong to only blame the family for the tragedy. “Society and the system is to be blamed as well since many families want to show themselves as more religious than others. Children get elated when they are praised for fasting for many days without realizing the harm to their health,” said Mr. Surana.

No arrests have been made yet since the case involves child rights and the right to practice religion, which is sensitive issues.

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