Differently-abled couples tie knots at mass marriage ceremony

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Forty-two-year old Gomti Makwana from Dashkoi village had almost given up on her hopes of finding a suitable partner for marriage. Being visually impaired since birth, not many found Gomti as an ideal bride till Sunday when she finally tied the knot. And, her husband Amrat Makwana doesn’t have any physical disability. Amrat, who works as a labourer, met her two years back and they decided to get married.

On Sunday, six such couples suffering from different physical disabilities got married in a mass marriage ceremony for differently-abled people in the city. The ceremony was organised by the Society for the Physically Handicapped (SPH) to help differently-abled people find suitable partners.

“It does not bother me that my wife has a physical disability. On the other hand, it has only strengthened our relationship,” Amrat told TOI.

Another couple at the event that stood out were Irfan Vora, 30, and Fatema Vora, 23, a divorcee who suffer from post-polio paralysis since childhood. Interestingly, this Mulsim couple got married according to Hindu rituals. The duo met at a marriage fair on Valentine’s Day this year, and three months later, Irfan, who runs a water stall at Kamatibag, found his soulmate in Fatema.

Dr Kalpit Baxi, chairman of SPH, who organises this event every two years, said, “We all need to find someone to spend the rest of his or her life. We encourage every member of this society to get married, no matter what disability they might have.” Physically-disabled Kamlesh Patel, who participated in a television dance show Dance India Dance’ was also present at the event to promote the cause.