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Vikash Sharma

Puri: You might have come across numerous instances of suffering during COVID-19 pandemic. But here is an exultant tale of a couple, who after facing a lot of hardships, finally tied the nuptial knot following a 14-day institutional quarantine in Odisha upon their return from Gujarat.

Prior to their marriage, both Saurabh Das and Pinki Rani had eloped to Gujarat barely months before the nationwide lockdown. It was then the love birds had faced numerous problems in the new State. As per reports, Saurabh and Pinki stayed in Ahmedabad for nearly four months as their families were against their relationship.

“We were stranded in Gujarat due to lockdown. Somehow we managed to return to Odisha and got married on the day we were discharged from the quarantine centre,” said Saurabh.

On May 10, the couple returned to Odisha and as per the guidelines, they were asked to undergo a 14-day quarantine at Sagada area under Nimapara block of Puri district.

“We had faced a lot of problems in Gujarat due to lockdown. This day would have been memorable if our families had attended the marriage ceremony,” said Pinki.

Some local residents, ASHA and Anganwadi workers and officials in-charge of the quarantine centre played a crucial role in making necessary arrangements for the couple’s marriage.

The entire marriage was solemnised only after the swab reports of both Saurabh and Pinki came negative for COVID-19. The entire function was organised as per the COVID-19 guidelines issued by the State government.

(Edited By: Bikram Keshari Jena)

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