A 13-year-old girl in Hyderabad died of cardiac arrest this Monday after fasting for 68 days during the period of ‘chaumasa’.
Aaradhna, a class 8 student was rushed to a hospital two days just after two days after completing her fast where she died of cardiac arrest after long fast during ’Chaumasa’, said her father.
A huge crowd of atleast 600 people was seen during the Aradhana’s funeral hailing her as a ‘bal tapasvi’. The funeral procession of her was called a ‘shobha yatra‘ – a mark of celebration.
Girl’s family has a jewellry business and their shop is in the Pot Bazaar area of Secunderabad. Some people raised questions and asked why they was allowed to sit on fast leaving her studies.
‘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,” said Lata Jain, a member of the community. ”This is suicide if not murder,” she added.
The doctors declared her ‘brought dead’.
A complaint has been lodged by the child rights’ association seeking immediate action against Aradhana’s parents.