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Marriage meet up for people with disabilities in Mumbai attracts large numbers

Finding a life partner is something many of us think about but few find the time or the opportunity to go seeking that special someone. Challenges that this matrimonial meet up in Mumbai attempted to address.

The name of the event was a formal sounding State Level Matrimonial Meet of Prospective Bride and Bridegrooms with Disabilities, but the purpose was a joyous one. An event to enable people with disabilities to meet potential life partners was held in Mumbai.

Such opportunities are rare for most single working people in a city and if you are a person with disability, it can be harder. The meet-up offered many people to come face to face with members of the opposite sex and mingle..

Over 90% of people braved the heavy rains to attend the meet up and organisers are now feeling motivated to organise more such events. Raju Waghmare, founder of Blind Unity for Self Sufficiency, one of the organisers said the attendees came from a range of backgrounds. "We saw the participation of people from various streams, even doctors were present. Many of them have shown interest in staying in touch and taking the meeting forward. We are now making a database of the prospective candidates and this will be made available for their reference so that they can look for a suitable match.

The good news is that the organisers plan to host another meet up soon and are hoping to attract an even larger crowd.

Among those looking for a prospective partner was Sachin Tawde from Mumbai.

It was a great experience for me to attend the meeting. I am looking for a suitable partner and hopefully will find one soon. It is important to have a compatible partner in life to be happy. An educated life partner or someone with exposure to the realities of life with a practical outlook can make life better. - Sachin Tawde, Private sector employee

Around 50 people, men and women, from places outside Mumbai like Nanded, Nasik, Sangli, Karad, Amravati and Pune were present. Some came alone while a larger number was accompanied by friends or family members.

Such gatherings are a rare and invaluable opportunity, believes Akash Nimbalkar, founder-president of Tritiya Netra Samaj Kalyan Association, one of the organising groups.

"Matrimonial gatherings are an invaluable platform for disabled people to get the chance to meet likeminded people and seek husbands, wives, companions or even friends. I hope that the event will bring positive change in lives of people and encourage others to do the same.

GET IN TOUCH: Contact Akash Nimbalkar at + 91- 9686157148, 8660595778 or Raju Waghmare at +91-7303860960.

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