13-year-old dies after 68-day fast
By Jenn Gidman Published October 10, 2016 Newser
A member of India’s Jain community offers prayers during a protest in Mumbai, India, on Aug. 24, 2015. The Jains protested against a high court order banning the religious practice of fasting until death. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
For more than two months, a 13-year-old in India took part in an extreme religious fast, reports the BBC. Early this month she called off that fast, but she fell into a coma two days later and died of cardiac arrest on Oct. 4—and now her parents, well-off jewelers in Hyderabad, and other family members have been charged with homicide, cops tell AFP.
Aradhana Samdariya’s relatives insist she chose to embark on the 68-day fast of her own volition as part of a ritual in Jainism, an ancient Indian religion that believes “the way to liberation and…
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