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Ban on Santhara: Jains to protest against HC ruling

August 25, 2015: Members of the Jain community in Mumbai protest Monday against the Rajasthan High Court that had criminalised “Santhara”, a Jain tradition in which a person takes a vow of abstinence and starves to death.

Starting from a Jain temple in Walkeshwar at 10:00 am, all dressed in white, head towards the Governor’s house and a memorandum submitted to the Governor.

In VARANASI which is the birthplace of four Jain Tirthankaras, witnessed scores of Jains including women on street protesting against the Rajasthan high court order banning the Jain tradition of Santhara. They took out a march to the local office of Prime Minister Narendra Modi where they submitted a memorandum on Monday.

In Jaipur thousands of Jain community members on Monday took out a 'silent march' protesting the Rajasthan High Court judgement banning the practise of "Santhara", a Jain religious ritual of voluntary fast unto death.

Members of both Shwetambar and Digambar sects participated in the 'silent march' on Monday protesting the Rajasthan High Court judgement banning the practise of "Santhara" all over India.

10,000 Jains shave heads to protest HC ban on Santhara

JHANSI,August 23, 2015: Around 10,000 people of all ages from Jain community shaved their heads in Uttar Pradesh's Lalitpur as a mark of protest against the recent Rajasthan High Court order banning the religious practice of "Santhara" . Lalitpur has a predominant Jain population.

The community members termed tonsuring of heads as a peaceful protest against the high court order. An appeal was also made by the community to the traders to close the market on Monday.

Reports said early Saturday morning, several Jain community members of all ages — from five to 80 years — lined up in front of two main Jain temples, Ata Mandir at Ghanta Ghar and Chetrapal temple. A group of 25 barbers present at each temple later shaved their heads.

This exercise of tonsuring of heads continued till late night and will be further carried on Sunday also, said Ajay Jain, a local resident who also got his head shaved.

"This is our peaceful protest against the high court ruling. This is our religious ritual which we have been following since ages and stopping it is an insult to our religion," he told TOI.

President of Digambar Jain Mandir, Lalitpur, Anil Anchal, said, "A total of 10,000 people from the community are getting their heads shaved." He called it "a unique protest with an overwhelming response". Source: indiatimes.com

Rajasthan High Court holds Jain Santhara ritual of fast unto death illegal

Jaipur, August 11, 2015: The Rajasthan High Court on Monday held Jainism religious ritual of 'Santhara' (fast unto death) as illegal making it punishable under section 306 and 309 IPC (abetment of suicide).

"Santhara or fast unto death is not an essential tenet of Jainism, " the HC said adding it cannot be termed as humane and it's violative of basic human right.

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) challenging the legality of 'Santhara' was filed in the high court in 2006 by an advocate Nikhil Soni.

The petitioner's lawyer had said 'Santhara', which is fast unto death by giving up food and water, is in violation of the Right to Life.

If euthanasia is not allowed, practice of Sati is banned and suicide is illegal, then 'Santhara' cannot be allowed either, he had contended. Upholding the contention, the division bench of the high court held the practice as violative of human rights. Source: PTI

Idol stolen from Jain temple in Madhya Pradesh

Khandwa (MP), August 01, 2015: An ‘asthadhatu’ (alloy of eight metal) idol has been allegedly stolen from a famous Jain temple at Siddhawarkoot near Omkreshwar town in Khandwa district, police said .

Unidentified thieves took one of the ten idols of Kaamdev and also decamped with Rs 1 lakh kept in the donation box by opening its lock with a duplicate key,” Sub-Inspector P K Sanvle said.

The temple is situated close to the famous Omkareshwar temple, one of the twelve jyotirlingas in the country.

The latest incident has angered the Jain community as similar theft had taken place at Jain temples in Barwah Sanawad area in the region in the recent past. - PTI


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