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Controversial sadvhi gets married

The former Jain Sadhvi Riddhishree has finally tied the nuptial with her boyfriend, reports Pradip Kumar Maitra.

india Updated: Oct 28, 2006 19:46 IST

The former Jain Sadhvi Riddhishree, who was in the news for her disappearance from a Jain ashram at Amravati last fortnight, has finally tied the nuptial with her boyfriend, Rajnikant Talwar at Sangli.

The 21-year old Jain Sadhvi, who cooked up a story of self-death in connivance with her beau, Rajnikant, who used to work her helper (Sevak) since 2004, was later arrested by the Amravati police at Sangli last week.

According to reports reaching here on Saturday, the Jain Sadhvi, whose real name is Samata Chhabia, entered a marriage life after a simple ceremonial function at one Dutta Mandir in Sangli on Thursday. A few friends and relatives, including Suman Talwar, the mother of Rajnikant and his sister, Rupali were present at the marriage ceremony. His father, Suryakant, an engineer with the Irrigation department, however, did not attend the function.

Riddhishri was originally from Rajastan, became a Sadhvi at tender age of 14. While staying at Jain ashram, she was in close contact with Rajnikant, her helper that later developed a serious love affairs. Both had decided to run away from the ashram and that's why they concocted a story of "miracle."

It all began on October 15, when the Sadhvi's disappearance came to light. It was claimed that she has turned herself into ashes. Both the lover-birds spread the ash on the bed of Sadhvi resembling shape of a human body and ran way to Sangli. Devotees believed that she had burnt herself through occult power. Her sudden disappearance was also described as a miracle by some disciples of Jain community. Thousands of devotees reached the spot. However, the episode raised several doubts and it was suspected that she ran away. It was also suspected that the drama of `miracle' was staged for her love.

When the police brought Sadhvi back to Amravati from Sangli, she candidly admitted that she had an affair with Rajnikant and wanted to lead a normal life, along with her beau.

The district police arrested both, Sadhvi and Rajnikant, and his mother, Suman for conspiracy and playing with religious sentiments of people. They were later released on bail.

Though, Rajnikant and Samata were not available for comments, they have told the police that they would not go anywhere at moment for honeymoon as they have to report the Rajapeth Police station at least twice in a month to help the investigation, a police officer of the district control room informed.

Similar situation was witnessed among the people in the Jain community when a young Sadhvi, Induprabha ran way with a milkman at Indore in Madhya Pradesh, about two decades back.

First Published: Oct 28, 2006 19:46 IST