It may sound ironical that in 6th century BC, the last and most revered Jain Tirthankar Lord Mahavir had a luxurious childhood as a prince and in 21st century a minor Jain girl Aradhana has died due to a prolonged fast. Lord Mahavir wanted to renounce the world at an early age but his parents did not agree. He could become a monk only at the age of 30 years and that too after the death of his parents. On the other hand Aradhana, a student of class VIII, left the world at the age of 13 with her parents allowing her to starve for 68 days!
The Unfortunate and saddening death of Aradhana has come as a rude shock not only for child right activists but also for the Jain community. It has triggered the debate on child rights and religious choices once again. Freedom to pursue the religion of our choice is a fundamental right for all of us. But it is being rightly asked if a child can really make an appropriate choice especially when a religious practice can put his or her life in danger or serious discomfort..................Read more
Source: The New Indian Express