Debate on practice of ‘santhara’ continues

The debate on ‘Santhara’, a Jain ritual of fasting unto death which was held illegal by the Rajasthan High Court, is far from over on the question of whether it is glorified suicide or a religious practice. While ‘Santhara’ was held illegal in August last year by the High Court which made it punishable under […]

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SC stays HC decision declaring ‘santhara’ as illegal

The Supreme Court today stayed the operation of a Rajasthan High Court order terming as illegal the religious practice of “santhara”, a ritual of fasting until death prevalent among Jain community members. “Issue notice. Leave granted,” a bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justice Amitava Roy said while staying the HC order and issuing […]

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