Jain 'Santhara' Ritual of Fast Unto Death Can Continue for Now, Says Court | Read

PUBLISHED ON: August 31, 2015 | Duration: 1 min, 36 sec

  
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For now, a tradition of Jains that sees themselves starving to death has been permitted by the Supreme Court. Last month, the Rajasthan High Court said that the voluntary custom of "santhara" is a form of suicide and therefore illegal. Last week, thousands of Jains held a demonstration in Jaipur carrying banners that read "Suicide is crime. Santhara is religion."
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