Hyderabad: In an extremely shocking incident a 13-year-old girl from Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh took her last breath after 68 days of fasting during the Jain holy period called Chaumasa.
As per reports, the girl named Aradhana was admitted to a hospital two days after she finished her 68 days fast but later died of cardiac arrest.
Hailing her as a ‘bal tapasvi’ around 600 people attended her funeral. They even carried out a ‘shobha yatra’ for her.
The class 8 student gave up school so that she could fast. Her grandfather Manekchand Samdhariya said that it was a known fact that Aradhana was fasting, “Everyone knew Aradhana was fasting. They came and took selfies with her,” he added.
Her death is now being questioned as to how her family members allowed her to take up ‘Santhara’ which according to Jain religious leaders is usually meant for elderly people, who have lived their life and want renunciation.
Lata Jain, a member of the community said, “It has been a practice for people to undertake severe penance when they give up even food and water. They are glorified, lauded and honoured at community meetings by the religious elders. They are also showered with gifts. But in this case it was a minor and that is my objection.”
The family of the dead girl runs a jewellery business in the Pot Bazaar area of Secunderabad.
Recently a newspaper issued advertisements after the girl completed the nearly 10-week-long fast that showed Telangana minister from Secunderabad area, Padma Rao Goud, as the chief guest at the grand event for ‘Paarana’- the completion of fast.