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  • Ahimsa Peace Rally to be held in Hyderabad on August 24th by Jain Community and Sadhu and Sadhvis against Rajasthan Highcourt’s Order on Santhara

    Published on August 23, 2015

    Hyderabad :The two lakh and odd  Jain Community in Hyderabad to undertake Ahimsa Peace Rally here in city on 24th August.  This is the protest against Rajasthan Highcourt’s  Order on Banning Santhara.  The Protest Ahimsa Peace Rally is planned in response to the Bharath Bandh call given by the Jain Community across India.

    The Rally will start from Vishwakarma Bhavan, Near Manju Talkies at 8.30am and will proceed to Paigah Palace Function Hall at Patigadda in Sucunderabad and will culminate into protest  meeting.

    Nayani Narsimha Reddy, Minister of Home, Govt of Telangana will grace the protest meeting to be held at Paigah Palace Function Hall at Patigadda at 11.30am

    5000 Jain Community People and their religious leaders–Sadhus and Sadhivs will also take part in the Ahimsa Peace Rally informed Manoj Kothari, PRO  of Sri Jain Mahamandal which is working under the banner of Shri Jain Sewa Sangh.

    The century-old practice of santhara has been in the eye of a storm since Rajasthan High Court recently gave an order banning the centuries old Jains Ritual.  Jain Community in India has challenged the Rajashtan Highcourt’s order in the Supreme Court.  A petition challenging the Rajasthan High Court verdict holding Santhara, a centures-old Jain ritual of voluntary and systematic  fasting to death, an offence and maintaining that people opting for the ritual can be punished under section 306 (abetment to suicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was filed before the Supreme  Court on Tuesday.

    Six million jains population across the country is irked by the High Court Ruling.  The ancient ritual, also called Sallekhana, consists of voluntary starvation to embrace death. Jains consider it to be the highest form of passage, or death and in a way not the same as suicide. It is done in full consciousness and in peace. “Santhara’ is a religious act, a spiritual act. It is neither a desire to kill oneself, nor to clutch on to life, otherwise, that would be a suicide. ‘Santhara’ is just a graceful, courageous and peaceful way of confronting the imminent death and about embracing the death through resolve and penance said Navratan Mall Gundecha, President of Sri Jain Sewa Sangh.  It  has been existing for centuries. We are suprised why there is so much a talk about it now, he questioned.

    “Santhara is never a suicide attempt by Jain-munis or any other, as it is meant to get moksh from existing life and punarjanam (rebirth) and it is a 2,500-year-old ritual since Bhagwan Mahaveer  stated Ashok Saklecham, Secretary of Jain Sewa Sangh.

    The high court’s ban on the Jain ritual comes after a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by human rights activist and advocate Nikhil Soni a decade ago. The activist claimed the ritual is a social evil and should be considered as suicide. But it is far away from the reality maintained Ramesh Saklecha, President of Sri Jain Mahamandal.

    Fasting is a common religious practice in several cultures across the world, but few are as hardcore as ‘Santhara’, which is a way to acheive Moksha, maintained Sajjan Gandhi, Secretary, Shri Jain Maha Mandal.