Himansu Shekhar Rout

Marriages are made in heaven. This proverbial saying came true in case of two Divyangs who tied the nuptial knot in the Remuna area of Balasore.  

Sarat Mohanty, a resident of Saharda village under Remuna block and Jyotismita, a resident of Chhanapuar exchanged wedding vows. The couple is hard of hearing as well as speaking. Their parents had never thought of finding them a match.

Their disability was perceived as a barrier in effective communication. Despite such apprehensions, their relatives are hopeful of a successful married life. 

Gopinath Mohanty, Sarat’s father said, "The marriage ceremony was organised traditionally on Friday. There was a large gathering. But we are a little worried about how the two will communicate with each other.”

Sarat’s sister Kabita said, "We all are happy with the marriage of my brother with Jyoti, even though they are hard of hearing and speaking.”

She added the couple has started to communicate with each other through gestures. 

Damodar Mohanty, a relative of Sarat said, "This marriage gives a message to society that the Divyangs can lead a normal life together. The rest is God's wish.”

(Report by Chandrakant Jena)