Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - ARPITA KALA

While find­ing love is never easy, it’s a lot tougher for the dif­fer­ently-abled. But a soon-to-be-launched dat­ing mo­bile app might just help change things.

Called Love­abil­ity, the app has been cre­ated by a city-based young­ster, Kalyani Khona, who runs a match­mak­ing agency, Wanted Um­brella, for the dif­fer­entlyabled. “The app can help them shed in­hi­bi­tions and find a life part­ner. The online fund­ing cam­paign for the app has just 12 days to close, and we are 57,000 short of the tar­get amount but we are sure we’ll bridge it,” says the 22-year-old. Khona was moved by a UN re­port stat­ing that 80 mil­lion dif­fer­ently-abled peo­ple live in In­dia, and out of these only 5% get mar­ried. And so, she de­cided to help them find a part­ner.

Talk­ing about happy end­ings, 22-year-old Gau­rav Singh, an NGO worker, found his love in­ter­est at a meet-up held in the city in the run-up to the launch of the app. “I met Divya (name changed on re­quest), who is vis­ually im­paired. We bonded over our love for books. Now, we spend a lot of time shar­ing our com­mon in­ter­ests,” he shares.

The dif­fer­ently-abled look­ing to get mar­ried don’t bother much about re­li­gion, cast or looks Kalyani Khona, match­maker

for the dif­fer­ently-abled

A screen grab of the dat­ing app for the dif­fer­ently-abled;

(L) A meet-up held in Hauz Khas Vil­lage to study their so­cial needs

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