In 2009, 16-year-old Pramodini was attacked by Sontosh Vedanta, a paramilitary jawan with acid for turning down his marriage proposal. This incident blinded her forever. At that time, she was pursuing higher secondary in a college at Tirtol, Orissa.
“I never thought someone would ever come forward to marry a girl like me. I thank god for giving me a godlike personality such as Sahoo,” said Pramodini.
The couple solemnised their ring ceremony in Lucknow on February 14 — Valentine’s Day — and plan to tie the knot in 2019.
Currently, Pramodini is working in New Delhi and has decided to return to Odisha and launch a hospitality business chain.
“I never thought someone would ever come forward to marry a girl like me. I thank god for giving me a godlike personality such as Sahoo,” – Promodini
Her fiance had to face a lot of flak for choosing to marry her despite his family’s opposition. “I tried to convince my family members that I want to bring some cheer in Pramodini’s life. After persistent efforts, they agreed and gave the green signal,” he said.
Social activist Subhashree Das played a pivotal role in strengthening the bond between the two families.
The police had also managed to arrest Vedanta who was hiding in Kolkata.
It is wonderful to see acid attack survivors exhibiting great courage and taking the audacious step of starting fresh despite society’s criticism.
More power to her!