Can religious practices cost a life? We are not here to offend some customs or trends but the reality is that a bunch of such practices (if followed beyond extent) can hurt someone, especially children.
Take this Jain girl of Hyderabad city as an example, she observed fast for not a few days but for 2 months and 8 days and eventually died. And the most breath-taking thing is that her death is being celebrated by the whole community.
Well, this is how it started.
Aradhana's father Laxmichand Sansadiya had a jewellery business and he suffered a great loss in it.
Yes, the reason behind Aradhana's fast was to bring good luck and wealth in the family.
A priest advised Aradhana's parents that if their daughter will keep the fast, they will recover from the loss and earn huge profits.
The whole family celebrated and organised a function which was even attended by Padma Rao, Telangana minister.
Her intestines were dried, kidneys were damaged and she slipped into the coma due to prolonged starvation.
They claimed that she was brought dead to the hospital.
600 people attended her funeral, hailing as 'bal tapasvi'.
"There should never be any element of force or coercion in tapasya or fasting. This was a tragedy and we must learn our lessons from it.".
Hope all get to learn a forceful message from this.