Hyderabad: 13-year-old Jain girl dies after her family allegedly compelled her to undertake a 64-day fast

A local NGO had alleged that the minor's family members and other community elders made her undertake a fast for over 60 days as part of a ritual.

By: PTI | Hyderabad | Updated: October 8, 2016 7:22 pm
jain girl dies, jain girl dies after fasting, Santhara, jain fasting, jain fasting ritual, jainism, hyderbad jain girl dies, hyderabad jain, hyderabad news, india news The NGO had alleged that the minor’s family members and other community elders made her undertake a fast for over 60 days as part of a ritual. (Source: ANI)

A 13-year-old girl died in Hyderabad after her family allegedly compelled her to undertake a 64-day fast as part of a community ritual prompting the city police to launch an enquiry into the incident.

According to B Sumathi, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North Zone), “a case would be filed after a preliminary inquiry into the incident. As of now, we have made an entry in the general dairy,” she said.

A local NGO Balala Hakkula Sangham (Child Rights Association) had Friday wrote a letter to Hyderabad Police Commissioner seeking an inquiry into the girl’s death earlier this week. The NGO had alleged that the minor’s family members and other community elders made her undertake a fast for over 60 days as part of a ritual.

“The girl was studying 8th class in St Francis School. She was on fast for 64 days. It was over on October 1. She was on a liquid diet for the first two days (after the fast). On the third night, her blood pressure dipped and she was taken to a private hospital here where she was declared dead. We are talking to the parents and other relatives of the girl. As of now we made a GD entry. An inquiry is going on. Once something is made out of the inquiry, then we will take action legally,” Sumathi told PTI.

jain girl dies, jain girl dies after fasting, Santhara, jain fasting, jain fasting ritual, jainism, hyderbad jain girl dies, hyderabad jain, hyderabad news, india news Achuta Rao, father of the girl who died after observing 68-day long fast in Hyderabad. (Source: ANI)

“No father wants her daughter to die, she has performed this ritual earlier as well but this time her body reacted differently,” Achuta Rao, the girl’s father said.

Although the date of the girl’s demise is still unclear, Association President Anuradha Rao, in the letter, claimed that the minor, residing in Pot Bazar of Secunderabad, died on October 3.

(With inputs from ANI)

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    GandhiSpeaks
    Oct 8, 2016 at 4:14 pm
    Jain's fast during religious times, but this seems to be taking it to irrational extreme. If her body could not tolerate it, her parents should have forced her to stop fasting.
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    Raj
    Oct 8, 2016 at 2:11 pm
    Proper idi0t.
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      rocky
      Oct 8, 2016 at 7:09 pm
      Jainism and Buddhism are responsible for making India too weak to resist foreign invasions. These two offshoots of Hinduism lay extraordinary stress on self purification through extreme physical torture to oneself. In fact Gautami Buddha first followed The prevailing religion Jainism and came to the conclusion of its unsuitability to ordinary mes.
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        Anon
        Oct 8, 2016 at 4:24 pm
        Aww, your phallus (look it up, you illiterate) worshipping heart seems to be hurt!! Hilarious!! :D :D :D
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          Anon
          Oct 8, 2016 at 4:35 pm
          Hey, you f__l, forget about Jihad. It is something your thick mind cannot comprehend. Fighting against OPPRESSION, and if required DYING for it, is an act of worship of the One true God - an Infinite Being who is above everything - is infinitely more meaningful than worshipping, elephants, monkeys, and phalluses.
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            Anon
            Oct 8, 2016 at 4:27 pm
            Over 1 billion spiritually bankrupt people in this pagan worshipping country.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;*shakes head*
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              good
              Oct 8, 2016 at 12:33 pm
              As good muslims say, evil has no religion
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                Swapnil
                Oct 9, 2016 at 9:38 am
                I think you have misunderstanding about Buddhism. Buddhism talks about compion that means sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings of others and in this girl case there is no pity shown by her parents when she was becoming weak during fasting. They thought it is the rituals which must be carried strictly and that took away the girls life. Buddha never told his followers to fast and physically torture oneself instead he was against that. So my first advice to you is study Buddhism properly.
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