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Is it a crime to be a Sanyasi at 13?

 



A 13 year old boy visits Acharya Mahasharman in Kantalia (Rajasthan). A modest 5 minute interaction with 11th Acharya of the Jain Shwetambar Terapant Sect inspires the teenager eager to become a Jain Sanyasi (monk). When a community programme is organized by a local Jain community in Gulbarga (Karnataka) to felicitate the future monk, it is FORCIBLY cancelled by officials, who say that decision was in “violation” of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000.

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