Hyderabad, October 9, 2016: A 13-year-old girl of a Secunderabad family died after observing a fast for 68 days, prompting an NGO working for child rights to demand registration of a criminal case against those responsible for the unfortunate happening.
The death, which occurred four days ago, came into the public domain after the organisation, Balala Hakkula Sangam, complained to the police.
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Aradhana, a Class 8 student, took ill two days after completing her fast on October 2 and was admitted to a hospital where she died on October 4, family sources said.
The girl was on fast as per Jain rituals during the holy period of ‘Chaumasa’ in the belief that it will bring profits to her father’s jewellery business.
Hundreds of people reportedly attended the funeral of the girl and hailed her as ‘bal tapasvi’.
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Balala Hakkula Sangam alleged that the girl was forced to fast, resulting in her death.
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NGO President Achyut Rao wrote a letter to Police Commissioner M. Mahender Reddy, demanding that a case be registered against those responsible.
Thursday was Children’s Day, and veteran actor Boman Irani used the occasion to draw attention to the fact that every child in the country should have access to formal education, although that is not the only way to educate an individual.
“In my opinion, basic education should be accessible to every child in this country. Later, they should practice their choice on higher education, and things should not be imposed on them. I am not a big believer in formal education because I am a self-taught actor and photographer. I do not believe that one can only education himself between the age of five to 25. But I say that because formal education did not work for me that well,” Boman told IANS.
“Having said that I think when children go to school, they get a sense of childhood (later in their lives) because that is how society looks at children who are cared for. What they learn in school, and how much they are educated by attending class, is a different discussion. But access to education — the whole thing of wearing uniform, walking together with classmates and going to school — such things give them a structure in life,” he said.
Boman plays a pivotal role in the new film “Jhalki”, which addresses the issue of child labour. He essays the character of Shyam Singh in the film, which is broadly based on the Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi, who is known for his relentless work for children’s rights and Bachpan Bachao movement.
“Jhalki” is one of the releases in the Children’s Day weekend. The film revolves around the struggle of a young girl from an underprivileged background. She is in search for her brother who is employed as child labour and has gone missing. The film is directed by Brahmanand Siingh, and features two child artistes — Aarti and Goraksha — along with Sanjay Suri, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Divya Dutta and Govind Namdev.
“When a child wishes to go to school but doesn’t get the chance to do so owing to poverty, he or she feels like an outcast. That is almost criminal,” said the actor.
Interestingly, Boman has played characters like Viru Sahastrabuddhe (“3 Idiots”), Dr JC Asthana (“Munna Bhai MBBS”) that show another extreme side of higher education — how it can suffocate young minds. The actor mentions he has treated each of these characters differently, keeping his personal opinion aside.
“I reserve my opinion and never impose it on the character I portray in the film, because every character serves to tell a story and I am just an actor there. I am not judging the character. Personally, I do not support such imposition on students,” said the actor, who recently appeared “Made In China”. (Bollywood Country)