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After husband, woman too renounces 3-yr-old daughter, Rs 100 cr assets to become sadhvi

Anamika Rathore became a Jain monk at a function presided by the same guru who had initiated her husband in Surat.

bhopal Updated: Sep 26, 2017 10:19 IST
Mustafa Hussain & Punya Priya Mitra
Mustafa Hussain & Punya Priya Mitra
Hindustan Times, Neemuch/Bhopal
Anamika Rathore will now be known as Sadhvi Anakaar.
Anamika Rathore will now be known as Sadhvi Anakaar.

Two days after her husband Sumit Rathore became a Jain monk, renouncing Rs 100 crore property and three-year-old daughter, 34-year-old Anamika Rathore too became a sadhvi on Monday amidst opposition from various quarters.

Akhil Bharatiya Sadhumargi Jain Shravak Sangh Neemuch district in-charge Sandeep Khabia said the function was held in Surat under Acharya Ramlal Ji Maharaj, the same guru who had initiated her husband to monkhood.

However, this time, the elaborate ceremony was missing, although the immediate family was present. Anamika will now be known as Sadhvi Anakaar.

The couple’s announcement that they would become monks together had sent shockwaves throughout the community and they had faced a lot of criticism, mainly for leaving their three-year old daughter, Ibhya.

Some social activists had even moved the local administration in Neemuch and Surat and also written to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

On Saturday, when Sumit became a monk, it was speculated that social pressure had postponed Anamika’s joining, and it would take her years to become a sadvhi.

Hinting that the Jain religious leaders won’t tolerate interference from ‘outsiders’, sant Udai Muni, who is quite high in the Jain hierarchy, said no judicial or administrative power in the country could intervene in religious affairs of the minorities.

According to the religious leader, Sadhvi Anakaar had given a ‘befitting’ reply to police and administrative officials who had come to question her under orders of the NHRC.

According to him, Anamika told the officials, “My child will not become an orphan if I leave her. My brother and sister-in-law who are issueless have gladly adopted her. My father’s family is rich and so is my father-in-law’s family. The charges levelled by public representatives and others who had complained to the NHRC are false and had been done to get cheap publicity.”

Anamika also presented her daughter’s adoption papers before the officials.

Meanwhile, activist Kapil Sukla, who had moved NHRC, said that he had no wrong intentions. “My only concern was about the little girl and her future, and not directed against a particular religion,” he said.

Sumit and Anamika had decided to become monks when Ibhya was only eight months old and, as preparation, started living separately. The couple, who married four years ago, have taken a vow of silence.

First Published: Sep 25, 2017 16:00 IST

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