A 13-year-old girl in Hyderabad expired after fasting during the holy period of 'Chaumasa' for 68 days as per Jain rites.
After finishing her fast where she died of cardiac arrest Aradhana, a course eight pupil, was accepted to the hospital only two days, the family said.
At least 600 individuals attended Aradhana's funeral hailing her as a 'bal tapasvi'.
Aradhana's family runs a jewelry business and contains a store in the Pot Bazaar place of Secunderabad. Why they enabled her to give up school and sit on rapid questions are being raised.
" It has been a practice for people when they give up even water and food to undertake intense penance. They're glorified, lauded and honored by the religious seniors at community meetings. They are also showered with gifts. But that is my objection, and in this situation, it was a minor," said a member of the community, Lata Jain. ''This is suicide if not murder,'' she added.
Sources close to the family said Aradhana had before undertaken a similar fast for 41 days and survived.
"We didn't conceal anything. Everyone knew Aradhana was fasting. They came and took selfies. Now some people are pointing fingers at us for allowing her to fast for 68 days," Aradhana's grandfather, Manekchand Samdhariya said.
Photographs accessible with NDTV show a poor Aradhana sitting dressed up on a chariot that is grand, encircled by several others, like a bride.
Newspaper advertisements issued after the girl completed the nearly 10-week-long quick show Telangana minister from Secunderabad place, Padma Rao Goud, was the chief guest at grand event for 'Paarana'- the end of fast. Zaheerabad lawmaker BB Patil can be seen in the photos of the event.
Based on Jain religious leaders, Santhara is normally meant for aged folks, who have lived their life and desire renunciation.
" There should never be any component of force or coercion in fasting or tapasya. We must learn our lessons from it and this is a disaster," Maharasa Ravinder Muniji of Kachiguda Sthanak told NDTV.
Child rights activist Shanta Sinha says a police case must be registered and the kid rights commission must take action.
" A minor is not deemed to have a voluntary will to take decisions that can endanger their life. Religious leaders also need to re-look at what should be allowed and what is not," she said.