Madurai

Marriage of a different kind

A ‘swayamvaram’ held for the benefit of physically and visually challenged

Six differently abled couples, who found their matches at a ‘swayamvaram’ a few months ago, are set for a new beginning after they tied the nuptial knot here on Thursday.

The couples, who were brought together by the Lucia Society for the Differently Abled at Silverpuram, received gifts from donors for their collective wedding ceremony.

Witnessed by members of the home and relatives of brides and grooms, marriage of the couples -- all of them Hindus -- was held in the presence of vicar general Fr. Kirubakaran.

Each newly-wed couple received gifts to the tune of ₹2 lakh including a golden ‘thaali,’ cot, mattress, grinder, refridgerator, table fan, mixie, suitcase, induction stove, some utensils and grocery items.

M. Esakkiyammal and M. Manikandan of Ambasamuthiram, R. Karpagavalli and K. Nadimuthu of Thoothukudi and Pudukottai, S. Kalaiyarasi and V. Ganesan of Cuddalore and Sivagiri, M. Saroja and G. Saravanakumar of Thoothukudi and Tiruchi, L. Neelavathi and S. Paramasakthi of Tiruchendur and Thoothukudi, C. Maruthaiammal and S. Nirmal Kumar of Thoothukudi and Namakkal evinced interest to marry each other at a ‘swayamvaram’ held on September 16 in which people from across the State participated.

The couples exchanged garlands and cut cakes during the wedding. Elaborate wedding feast was arranged.

Three of the couples were physically challenged, two visually challenged while one is hearing impaired.

Fr. Gracis Michael, director of Lucia, said that the home had held weddings for 60 differently-abled couples so far since 1990, after the home was started in 1978.

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