Fam­ily hit with homi­cide charges after fast­ing death

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE fam­ily of an In­dian school­girl who died after ob­serv­ing a two-month fast has been charged with homi­cide amid al­le­ga­tions that she was co­erced to un­der­take a con­tro­ver­sial reli­gious rit­ual, po­lice said.

Arad­hana Sam­dariya, 13, col­lapsed and fell into a coma two days after fin­ish­ing a 68-day fast and died of an ap­par­ent car­diac at­tack in south­ern Hy­der­abad city on Oc­to­ber 4.

M Mat­ta­iah, the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer, told AFP the girl’s par­ents and other fam­ily mem­bers were charged with cul­pa­ble homi­cide not amount­ing to mur­der over com­plaints by ad­vo­cacy groups that she was co­erced to fast in ac­cor­dance with a Jain rit­ual.

Jain­ism is an an­cient, non­vi­o­lent re­li­gion with more than 4 mil­lion fol­low­ers, mostly from af­flu­ent trad­ing com­mu­ni­ties, liv­ing in In­dia.

Ac­cord­ing to her fam­ily, Sam­dariya had pledged to ob­serve the 68-day long penance and over the marathon fast­ing pe­riod was only al­lowed to drink boiled wa­ter twice a day.

Mas­sive cel­e­bra­tions were held after Sam­dariya com­pleted the fast, with hun­dreds of com­mu­nity mem­bers at­tend­ing the event and tak­ing selfies with her. –

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