Outrage after girl dies from 68 day fast

Outrage after girl dies from 68 day fast

Outrage after girl dies from 68 day fast

Written by Staff Writer

11 Oct, 2016 | 7:40 am

The parents of a 13-year-old Indian Jain girl, who died after fasting for 68 days, are being investigated by police after it was alleged she was not eating in a bid to save the family business.

Police in southern Hyderabad city noted that they want to know if Aradhana Samdariya was forced to fast.

Her parents have insisted she voluntarily fasted as prescribed in Jainism, one of the world’s most ancient religions.

Followers fast throughout the year to purify the body, for religious festivals and sometimes, for penance.

Samdariya, an only child to parents who own a jewellery shop, had apparently fasted for a 34 day period previous to the incident. She was also said to have selected the number 68 as it has significance in her religion – as one could attain self-purity by chanting a specific mantra 68 times.

Experts believe it is possible for the human body to survive without food for up to two months.

A police spokesperson said a case had been registered against the parents after a child rights organisation filed a complaint.

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