In what made Valentine Day truly special, Pramodini Roul, an acid attack survivor associated with the Sheroes Hangout, got engaged to Saroj Kumar Sahu, at a glittering function in Lucknow.
Roul met Saroj in 2014 when she was undergoing treatment of her burn injuries.
Love blossomed during short meetings amid motivational and physiotherapy sessions and the duo decided to marry after Saroj proposed to her in 2016. Pramodini, then 16, was attacked by a paramilitary force jawan with acid in 2009 after she rejected his marriage proposal.
“I am the happiest woman on earth. I never thought I would come across such memorable moments. I am really thankful to Saroj for giving me such a precious gift”
LUCKNOW: Pramodini Roul, an acid attack survivor associated with the Sheroes Hangout here, raised a toast to her partnership with beau Saroj Kumar Sahu during their grand engagement party at the hangout on Valentine’s Day (Wednesday evening).
“I am the happiest woman on earth. I never thought I would come across such memorable moments. I am really thankful to Saroj, my beau, for giving me such a precious gift,” said Pramodini who is fondly called ‘Rani’ by her friends.
An emotional Rani also thanked her parents, friends (other acid attack survivors), colleagues at the hangout and Alok Dixit, the founder member of NGO Chhanv Foundation (Stop Acid Attacks) for supporting her throughout. Sharing her love story, Rani said: “In 2014, I met Saroj Sahu at a hospital where I was undergoing treatment of my burn injuries.”
Saroj, who was a medical representative, used to make sure he saw her every time he visited the hospital. “I never thought our meetings would end up in engagement,” she added.
Rani said she remembers the discussion between Saroj and the doctors, when he challenged their claim that she won’t be able to walk for another four years. “Saroj had said he would prove them wrong. And he did it. Through his constant support, physiotherapy and motivation, he made me walk in four months,” she recalled.
She said Saroj dedicated his life to her and it was this gesture that touched her. “It was then I realised it’s love. After he proposed to me in 2016, we finally decided to go for marriage,” she said before exchanging the rings.
“It’s the feeling that matters, not the physical appearances,” said Saroj Sahu. The exchange of rings was followed by a couple dance session where Rani and Saroj gave an enthralling dance performance on the song ‘Dil diya gallan’ from ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’.
“Rani’s engagement is an example of growing social acceptance of acid survivors. I wish the trend continues,” said Alok Dixit.
Rani’s mother Kavita Roulsaid: “I never thought I would see my daughter getting married. I am thankful to God and all those who supported her.”
Rani, who hails from Odisha, was only 16 when an official from an Army camp in the vicinity of her school developed a liking for her. After stalking her for months, the man threw acid on the girl on April 18, 2009 when her family rejected the 28-year-old’s proposal of marriage . The incident happened when she was returning home after taking her board exam. The acid burnt 80% of Rani’s body, left her completely blind, in the ICU for nine months and on the bed for the next five years till 2014 when she met Saroj. The assailant was finally arrested on November 17 last year after intervention of Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik.
▪ Acid attack survivor Pramodini Roul shakes a leg with her beau Saroj Kumar Sahu at their engagement ceremony in Lucknow on Wednesday.
Acid attack surviour Pramodini Raul getting engaged to her beau ▪
Saroj Kumar Sahu, in Lucknow on, Wednesday.