The Gujarat child rights panel today has asked for a report from civil and police administration about the move taken by a Jain couple, who are embracing monkhood tomorrow, to have a secure future of their three-year-old daughter.
The Madhya Pradesh-based Jain couple – Sumit Rathore and his wife Anamika – had last week announced their decision to become monks under the ‘Shwetambar’ (white-clad) order of their religion and leave behind their daughter and property “worth Rs 100 crore”.
Worried about the future of the couple’s child, a person had recently filed an RTI query with the Gujarat State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (GSCPCR), said its chairperson Jagruti Pandya.
“Through the RTI application, a person sought to know from us what will happen to the child if the couple become monks,” Jagruti said in a statement.
The ‘deeksha’ (initiation) ceremony is taking place in Surat tomorrow, following which the Surat police commissioner and the collector have been asked to find out what steps the couple have taken for their daughter’s future and submit that report to the GSCPCR for further action, Pandya told the media.
Anamika’s father Ashok Chandaliya, who is a former Neemuch district president of the BJP, had last week said that he would take full responsibility of his grand-daughter. He also added that he was not against his daughter becoming a nun.
However, Sumit’s father Rajendra Singh who runs a factory manufacturing gunny bags for packaging cement, also shared similar views. Singh also mentioned that he expected this to happen but not so soon.
Sumit announced his final decision of renunciation at a gathering of Acharya Ramlal held at Surat in August this year.