Acid at­tack vic­tim en­gaged on V-Day

Pramo­dini suf­fered 80% burns and lost her eye­sight when a spurned lover at­tacked her

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For 25-year-old acid at­tack vic­tim, Pramo­dini, this was the per­fect Valen­tine’s Day as she and her long time friend Saroj Sahu, who stood by her in the most try­ing of times, got en­gaged yes­ter­day.

Way back in 2009, in Odisha’s Ja­gat­pur, a young Pramo­dini not only suf­fered 80 per cent burns but even lost her eye­sight when a spurned lover at­tacked her with acid.

Sahu’s un­with­er­ing sup­port helped heal her emo­tional scars, while med­i­cal treat­ment helped her gain 20 per cent eye­sight.

“I was crit­i­cally in­jured in the at­tack on that fate­ful day when I was re­turn­ing from col­lege af­ter ap­pear­ing in an ex­am­i­na­tion I had to be taken home from the gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tal where I was ad­mit­ted af­ter nine months as the fam­ily had no funds for treat­ment,” Pramo­dini told PTI.

Af­ter hav­ing spent five years in bed, Pramo­dini was ad­mit­ted to a pri­vate hos­pi­tal near her house in 2014 where she was in­tro­duced to Sahu, a med­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tive by pro­fes­sion, through a nurse.

Sahu, took it upon him­self to help Pramo­dini get on feet. And she did it, in four months, when se­nior doc­tors had de­clared it would take at least ten months.

“He even quit his job to stand by me dur­ing those try­ing times,” Pramo­dini re­called.

Pramo­dini, vividly re­mem­bers that it was on Jan­uary 5, 2016 that she came to Delhi for proper med­i­cal treat­ment af­ter get­ting in touch with the ‘Stop Acid At­tack Cam­paign’.

Mean­while, her de­par­ture made Sahu re­alise he loved her and days later, he called to pro­pose mar­riage.

“She was only a dear friend till then, but when she left Odisha, I found what she meant to me. And on Jan­uary 14, I con­fessed my feel­ings for her on phone and pro­posed to marry her,” Sahu said.

Pramo­dini and Sahu, who is 26 now, took their first step to­wards mak­ing their bond a life­long one at the ‘Sheroes Hang­out Cafe’ here, which is run by the “Stop Acid At­tack Cam­paign.

Reuters

Pramo­dini Roul, 24, an acid at­tack sur­vivor and a cam­paigner at Ch­hanv, an NGO that sup­ports acid at­tack vic­tims, and Saroj Sahu, 26, a man­ager at Ch­hanv with whom she got en­gaged.

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