Jain ritual of fasting unto death banned : Rajasthan HC

‘Santhara’ or a religious fast to death which is practised by followers of Jainism was declared unconstitutional by the Rajasthan High Court and hence it was banned. The verdict was pronounced in furtherance of a public interest litigation filed by Nikhil Soni by a division bench of Chief Justice Sunil Ambawani and Justice Virendra Singh Siradhana .

“ Court observed that Santhara is violation of article 21 of the constitution and directed the state to stop it. In case it is practiced by someone, then an FIR should be filed against the person under the Indian Penal Code’s section 309 – punishment for attempting suicide – and police should undertake investigation into it,” Nikhil Soni told media.