21 underprivileged disabled couples get married in a mass wedding ceremony
Twenty-one couples were married in a mass wedding held for disabled and disadvantaged people on Saturday by an organization based in Udaipur.
Most couples have met during treatment or skill development at Narayan Seva Sansthan. Their family members and relatives fixed the relationship and 21 couples got married in the mass wedding ceremony.
One of the newlyweds, Sant Kumari (24), who has had polio since birth, said she met her husband, Manoj Kumar, during treatment and vocational training.
“It’s a stigma to be a girl who was born with polio. It was very difficult for me to lead a normal life. Life has been a roller coaster ride for me and finding a job as well as a good partner are the two most important things but I met Manoj here and we both felt we could live our lives together so that our families will arrange the marriage,” she mentioned.
Manoj, 28, had surgery in Sansthan for a disability.
“I am currently working in a company in Gujarat and we will both live happily as I have a job and she has acquired a background in tailoring. She wants to start her own start-up and I hope she will succeed,” said he declared.
The wedding ceremony was performed with traditional rituals at the NSS campus in Udaipur in the presence of families, relatives and other guests.
“Finding a mate according to expectations becomes more difficult when dealing with disabled and disadvantaged people, but here they find matches and start a new life together. In the 36th mass wedding, 21 couples were married and the most of them met here, they are from different states including Rajasthan, Bihar, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh,” said Prashant Agrawal, Chairman of Narayan Seva Sansthan.
He said the wedding took place with the 19-year-old organisation’s flagship campaign, “Say no to dowry”.
Agrawal said the organization provides free treatment and vocational training to people with disabilities. Over the years, 2,109 couples have married in the mass wedding ceremony.