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Seeking ‘separation’ from wife who quarrels, man marries idol, takes vow never to marry again

In a bid to get ’separated’ from his legally wedded wife on their fifth marriage anniversary, a man in Kota tied the knot with a life-size idol of a woman

jaipur Updated: Dec 12, 2017 21:13 IST
Aabshar H Quazi
Aabshar H Quazi
Hindustan Times
Rajaram Jain ‘Karmayogi’,man marries idol,Kota
Rajaram Jain ‘Karmayogi’ with the life-size idol of woman in Kota.(HT Photo)

In a bid to get “separated” from his legally wedded wife on their fifth marriage anniversary, a man in Kota tied the knot with a life-size idol of a woman. The man, a social activist, also took a vow never to marry a human being again and also never to attend any wedding ceremony.

Rajaram Jain ‘Karmayogi’ (42), who runs Shri Karmayogi Seva Sansthan in Kota, claims that he was forced to take the step following regular domestic quarrels with his wife, Alka Dulari (39). Jain and Dulari had got married on December 12 on a stage that was designed like a bier — a frame, mostly made of wood, on which a coffin or a corpse is placed before burial or cremation. They had also taken a pledge to not have any offspring.

Exactly 5 years to the day, Jain filed an application in a court in Kota seeking permission to live “separately” from his wife citing regular domestic quarrels.

Jain also called up around a dozen Sadhus at Mangal Bhawan, a community hall, in Jawahar Nagar area of Kota City, where he got married to a life-size plaster-of-paris ‘idol’ by garlanding it. He has named the idol ‘Parvati’.

“My marriage was coming in way of my social commitments as my wife was often quarreling with me and family,” he said.

Jain said that he has is not seeking divorce from his wife but has only moved an application for living separately.

Asked why chose to marry an idol, Jain said, “I have taken pledge to not marry again in life. Unlike a human being, an idol would not create hurdles for me when I go serving the society. I have also taken oath not to attend any wedding, and not to use abusive language for anyone.”

Jain claimed that he has spent nearly Rs 16000 on getting the idol made.

His legally wedded wife, meanwhile, termed the move “unfortunate”. “I married him even when my family was against it especially because he had taken a pledge for not having a child from the marriage. Now, he does not want to live with me and this is unfortunate,” Dulari said.

On Jain marrying ‘Parvati’, she asked how would he take care of an idol when he couldn’t take care of his wife.

Dulari, however, added that she was ready to “improve herself” if Jain asks her to do so.

Their marriage on a bier-shaped platform had a significance as Jain’s organisation has been carrying out social works in Kota, which includes financial and other assistance to poor people to help them perform last rites of their near and dear ones. Till date, he has helped form the last rites of more than 3,500 poor people for free. His organisation also carries out regular campaigns to make the city beggar free.

First Published: Dec 12, 2017 21:13 IST