How A Ban On Ritual Death Made It To India's Supreme Court
The Jain religious practice of fasting to the point of death can continue for now until India's Supreme Court decides the case.By Samantha Crook | September 2, 2015
For several weeks, India has seen protests and debates over a fasting practice that involves refusing food to the point of death — and the case could take years to resolve.
The ritual is known as santhara, and it's practiced by some members of the Jain religion who are near the end of their lives.
A state court banned the practice in August saying it violated the law against suicide, meaning anyone who assisted in santhara could be arrested. But for the time being, the practice can continue.