In a shocking incident, a 13-year-old Jain girl has died after fasting for 68 days as per a ritual in Hyderabad. Soon after completion of her fast, she was taken to a hospital where she was declared dead due to cardiac arrest. The grisly incident occurred during the holy period of ‘Chaumasa’.
Aradhana, a class 8 student, went on fast as per the religious practice, is now being hailed as ‘bal tapasvi’. Her funeral was attended by more than 500 people. Daughter of jewellery merchant in Pot Bazar area of Secunderabad, Aradhana was said to have gone on fast for 41 days earlier. “She attained a stage where none of us can reach. Everyone knew Aradhana was fasting. They came and took selfies with her” Aradhana’s grandfather, Manekchand Samdhariya said.