Match4Deaf matrimonial website aims to enable deaf people to find life partners
Searching for a life partner as a deaf person led Anuj Dargar, a working professional, to realise how inaccessible mainstream matrimonial sites are people with disabilities. This led him to start the website Match4Deaf, which is exclusively for people with hearing impairments.
Marriages may be made in heaven but everyone could do with a little help on Earth. That's what matrimonial websites are meant for, to enable people living in different cities to connect and get to know each other.
For people with disabilities, however mainstream matrimonial websites are not accessible. Just how inaccessible Mumbai-based working professional Anuj Dargar found out when his parents asked him to look for a life partner.
"A year ago my parents asked me to find a girl whom I could get married to as we did not know about a deaf matrimony event", says Anuj, who has worked in the mutual funds industry and is currently learning computer programming. "I applied on shaadi.com and some other sites but found they had no clear mention of disability and charged a high premium package."
That led Anuj to launch Match4Deaf. This is a matrimonial website that focuses on deaf people.
The goal of my website is to offer a platform to deaf people to find their partners easily and to provide them with proper services. The focus is exclusively on the deaf community and the services are for everyone across religion and caste. We are open to all. - Anuj Dargar, Founder, Match4Deaf
Registration on Match4Deaf is absolutely free and Anuj has started an aggressive marketing campaign to attract the attention of the deaf community. Anuj hopes to scale the services up if he gets a good response. "I have plans to expand to people of all disability types in the future".
Those signing up for Match4Deaf have to enter basic information about themselves including height, weight and profession. There's also a small box given where people can mention their interests. The website could play an important role given the enormous gaps that exist when it comes to such services for people with disabilities.
Most matrimonial services are limited to the Metros and are few and far between. Such events also leave deaf boys and girls dependent on their families while Match4Deaf offers an anonymous space where people can find their partners independently.