Pradeep Pattanayak

When most love stories don’t end in marriages, Maheswar Mallick, a diploma holder who is working out of the state, and Rukmani, a Divyang, have the luck of the devil. 

They have recently exchanged garlands following the Hindu vedic rituals in the presence of family members from both sides at Laxmi Narasingha temple in Bahanaga of Balasore district. Coincidentally, their marriage was solemnised ahead of the love week, starting February 7. 

Three years ago, Maheswar first met Rukmani at his brother’s marriage ceremony where she was invited as a guest. At first sight, he fell in love with Rukmani. Then he didn’t know that she was deaf and dumb. is a Divyang girl. Even so, his love for her didn’t diminish. They decided to remain united for the rest of their lives. 

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Initially, the family members were against Maheswar’s decision, but had to give in, considering his selfless love for Rukmani. On February 4, they tied the nuptial knot. 

“Though she can’t speak, I can understand her heart. I have married her and I will remain with her like a shadow for the rest of my life,” said Maheswar. 

Maheswar’s father, Buddhiram Mallick said, “He (Maheswar) told me that she is a maternal orphan and she has the right to live a decent life. He said he had decided to marry her.”’

By marrying a Divyang girl, Maheswar has sent out a noble message to society and set an example for others. 

“The marriage is sending out a message that they (Divyang girls) shouldn’t be looked down upon,” said Maheswar’s sister Ranjita Mallick.

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  • Biswambar Das , Niranjan Behera