KOLKATA: In yet another case of controversial Jain 'fast-till-death' or 'Santhara' that is turning the nation's gaze towards the eastern metropolis, an Octogenarian Calcuttan Jain unable to bear the pain of her cancer treatment, is taking the Jain path of 'Santhara' since the past nine 9 days by giving up food and water.
Sohini Devi Dugar, 83, has stopped taking food or water since her return from a hospital on September 20. She has lost her voice due to tracheostomy. She was diagnosed with throat cancer in July.
"Doctors had also lost their hopes. How long can we make a person survive through pipes? By performing Santhara, one can do away with all the sins," told her daughter-in-law Madhu Dugar to mediamen.
"It's a very bold decision which we support. Body is temporary but soul is permanent," her grandchild Anand Dugar said.
Rajasthan High Court had banned Santhara or Sallekhana, a Jain ritual of fast-till-death in August last year comparing it to an act of suicide. However, Supreme Court put a stay on the ban.