Centre for Study of Comparative Religions and Civilizations, Jamia Organizes Screening of ‘Santhara’

HTCampus Expert updated on : 17 Sep 2015

Jamia Millia Islamia has made arrangements for screening of a documentary film- Santhara by filmmaker Shekhar Hattangadi

Centre for Study of Comparative Religions

The Centre for the Study of Comparative Religions and Civilizations (CSCRC), Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), is organizing a special screening of the documentary titled ‘Santhara’- a 27 minute script directed and produced by filmmaker Shekhar Hattangadi.

Mr. Shekhar Hattangadi is a writer journalist who is based out of Mumbai. He is a law professor by profession and a passionate filmmaker.

The documentary focuses on the law-religion conflict taking into account the spiritual, ethical, medico-legal and sociological perspectives of the controversial Jain practice of Santhara.

This practice deals with the idea that a person gives up food and drinks after taking a vow of abstinence, resulting in death by starvation. Recently, the Rajasthan High Court declared the practice to be of a criminal nature, which has resulted in debates on the limits of the law in defining religious practices.

Achievements of the documentary:

  • Best Documentary Screenplay Award at the Bangalore Short Film Festival 2015
  • Special Jury Award at the Kolkata Short International Film Festival 2015

The screening is scheduled for 17th September 2015 at 3:00pm in the Mir Anis Hall, Administrative Block, Jamia Millia Islamia.

Source: Nadeem Rayeen, HT Campus Specialist 

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