As members of the minority Jain community even in normal alimentation they have a strict vegetarian diet. The government took custody of the other two girls in the family, aged seven and five after a children’s rights group has called for Indian police to arrest the parents of the 13-year-old victim. The girl, Aradhana Samdhariya, died due to cardiac arrest. “It is a planned, cruel murder. We have complained to the police to arrest the parents and the priest,” P Achyuta Rao, honorary president of Balala Hakkula Sangham, an Andhra Pradesh-based children’s rights group, told to the media.
Family members have publicly denied forcing the girl to fast during the holy period of Chaumasa. They sustained that Aradhana showed an interest in becoming a nun. About 600 people attended her funeral.