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Couple leaves Rs 100-cr asset, daughter to become monks

17 September 2017

A Jain couple from a small town in Madhya Pradesh has made a decision to abandon their 3-year-old daughter and property said to be worth 100 crores to become monks under the 'Shwetambar' (white clad) order of their religion, according to their families. Sumit Jain and his wife Anamika who are 35 years and 34 years old respectively are scheduled to take "deeksha" (the first step of their initiation into monkhood) under Sudhamargi Jain Acharya Ramlal Maharaj at Surat in Gujarat on September 23, the report added. Anamika's father Ashok Chandaliya, former district president of the BJP in Neemuch, said he would take care of his grand-daughter. The family members are well established in politics and business in Madhya Pradesh's Neemuch. "We had no counter to their religious arguments and relented".

Sumit's father, Rajendra Singh Rathore, who owns a factory that makes sacks for cement companies, too accepted the decision.

Sumit and Anamika's decision did not exactly surprise their families, because the couple had started preparing to get their deekshas when their daughter was just eight months old, the HT report states.

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Their families told PTI that both had chose to renounce the material world, and a religious ceremony marking their initiation into Jain monasticism under the Shwetambar sect will take place on September 23 in Surat, Gujarat.

"However, the pontiff asked him to seek Anamika's permission". "She was born from the union of two punyatma (holy souls) and will eventually take deeksha herself", he said.

Their decision has sent shockwaves across their hometown Neemuch.

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The couple has been married for four years now and Anamika worked with Hindustan Zinc before marriage.

Sumit's cousin, Sandeep, who is close to him, said, "He had everything that a man wanted". The Couple have taken a vow of silence till the date of deeksha. They will relinquish a three-year-old daughter, lucrative careers, and property worth Rs 100 crore.

Sumit's parents have also been equally supportive.

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Couple leaves Rs 100-cr asset, daughter to become monks