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Rajasthan-based NGO’s mass wedding ceremony helps disabled couple start a new life
Narayan Seva Sansthan on Sunday conducted their 35th mass wedding ceremony in Udaipur where eleven disabled couple got married to their soul mates in a grand event by following all Covid safety protocols.
Narayan Seva Sansthan, a Rajasthan-based NGO that works towards welfare of people with disabilities conducted something beautiful over the weekend. Eleven couple with disabilities, from economically backward families tied the knot in the NGO’s 35th mass wedding ceremony that was held in Udaipur on 27 December, Sunday.
A heart-warming venture
NSS conducts numerous programs and events for disabled people. Their interesting ventures during Covid times were much discussed about. As the team from NSS puts it, :they are contributed towards overall wellbeing of disabled people as well as the needy”. The NGO has been working closely with people affected by polio and other disabilities.
The organization, in an attempt to help individuals, organized the 35th mass wedding ceremony in Udaipur where eleven couple with disabilities tied the knot and pledged for the ‘Say No to Dowry’ campaign promoted by NSS. All who were part of the ceremony abided by Covid protocols, followed social distancing and wore masks throughout. They also took an oath to wear masks until they are vaccinated.
Due to Covid pandemic, the ceremony was a low-key affair with only relatives of couple attending the ceremony. NSS’s donors came forward by gifting home appliances and gifts as a ‘Kanya Daan’ ceremony to all the married couples who are starting a new journey in life.
Start to new life
Pooja and Kamlesh were amongst those who got married on the special day. They shared their story.
Pooja who is the youngest daughter of the family, lost her leg in an accident. Since she was from an economically backward family and couldn’t afford surgeries, it was NSS who took care of her treatment. “I am happy that I can now lead a good life because of the surgery. I am very happy to meet my life partner Kamlesh”, she said.
Meanwhile Kamlesh has always led a life full of challenges. He was diagnosed with polio at the age of three. Since he did a surgery, Kamlesh can walk with help of crutches now. So after many hurdles, he continued his studies and scored excellent marks, then secured a job as a Panchayat Assistant.
Kamlesh says, “Disability is just a physical condition and not an illness. I have always been emotionally very strong and have strived through and challenges have only made me stronger. I began my own grocery store and later secured a job. I’am happy that organizations like NSS exist so that people get the help they deserve. I’am also glad to have met a life partner who is supportive.”
Prashant Agarwal, President, NSS says, “This mass wedding ceremony is closer to our hearts. Our flagship ‘Say No to Dowry’ Campaign is being organized for the past eighteen years. 2098 couples are settled. We offer a sustainable livelihood and have services like free corrective surgeries, skills development classes, talent nurturing activities and mass wedding ceremonies”.
People from Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Bihar, Gujarat and other states have approached NSS for assisting them to support their weddings, says Agarwal.
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