Eleven in another way abled and underprivileged couples have tied the knot at a mass wedding ceremony in Rajasthan’s Udaipur city, following COVID-19 protocols, according to the event’s organisers. The couples pledged to say no to dowry under a crusade promoted by Narayan Seva Sansthan (NSS), an organisation that works for the wellbeing of differently-abled people and the underprivileged. They also took an oath to wear masks and follow all other COVID-19 guidelines, and urged people to do the same.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, only relatives of the couples and NSS members attended the ceremony. NSS’ donors gifted home appliances to the married couples, a remark said. “Disability is just a physical disorder, it’s not an illness,” said Kamlesh who married Pooja at the ceremony.
Kamlesh used to be affected with Polio at the age of three years and after an operation, he used to be in a position to walk with the assistance of crutches. Then again, this did not stop him from pursuing his dreams.
He continued his studies and secured a job as a panchayat assistant.
“I have all the time been emotionally very strong and challenges have made me stronger. I began my own commerce with a grocery store and later, secured a job as a panchayat assistant. I am glad that I have met a life partner who is so supportive,” said Kamlesh.
Pooja, who missing one of her legs in an accident and had to go undergo a costly surgery, said, “I am more than happy to meet my life partner Kamlesh.” “I missing my leg in an accident. I used to be treated free of cost at the NSS through a surgery that would have cost me and my circle of relatives a lot. I am happy that I will be able to now lead a good life on account of this surgery,” she said.
NSS president Prashant Agarwal, “Our ‘No Dowry Crusade’ is a flagship crusade which has been organised for 18 years. We are more than happy to have 2098 couples settled in their lives till date.”
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