A 13-year-old Jain girl died in Hyderabad after observing a 68-day fast.

A 13-year-old girl in Hyderabad died last week after fasting for 68 days as per Jain rituals during the holy period of ‘Chaumasa‘.

Aradhana, a class 8 student, was admitted to the hospital just two days after completing her fast where she died of cardiac arrest, the family said.

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At least 600 people attended Aradhana’s funeral hailing her as a ‘bal tapasvi‘. The funeral procession was called a ‘shobha yatra‘ – a mark of celebration.

But here is the sick reason behind her death.

Aradhana’s family runs a jewellery business and has a shop in the Pot Bazaar area of Secunderabad. Her father, Laxmichand Sansadiya, had recently suffered huge loss in his jewellery business.

A Chennai-based priest had advised the girl’s parents to ask their daughter to observe the ‘Chaturmas’ fast in order to recover from the loss in business and earn huge profits.

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Aradhana’s 10-week long fast ended on the 3rd October and it was celebrated with a huge event at their house called ‘Paarana’. The event was also attended by Padma Rao, a Telangana minister from Secunderabad area.

Soon after, she was rushed to a hospital because of dehydration. The girl had slipped into coma after prolonged starvation and the doctors said that her intestines had dried up after the fasting and both her kidneys were also severely damaged.

The doctors declared her ‘brought dead’.
Sources close to the family said Aradhana had earlier undertaken a similar fast for 41 days and survived.
“We did not hide anything. Everyone knew Aradhana was fasting. They came and took selfies with her. Now some people are pointing fingers at us for allowing her to fast for 68 days,” Aradhana’s grandfather, Manekchand Samdhariya said.
Newspaper advertisements issued after the girl completed the nearly 10-week-long fast show Telangana minister from Secunderabad area, Padma Rao Goud, was the chief guest at grand event for ‘Paarana’- the completion of fast. Zaheerabad lawmaker BB Patil is also seen in the photos of the event.
A complaint has been lodged by the child rights’ association seeking immediate action against Aradhana’s parents.

 

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