Honouring their better halves

THERE ARE always Good Samaritans to help differently-abled persons. A function organised by the Madurai District Physically Handicapped Welfare Association on Race Course Grounds in Madurai on Tuesday was attended by differently-abled persons and their `better halves.'

Usually, rallies and functions honouring the achievements of disabled persons abound in the city to mark the celebration of the World Disabled Day.

This time, "We planned to honour our wives for their service to us," said S. Boopathy, secretary of the association.

For P. Rajathi, it was the happiest moment in her life.

Her relatives have been criticising her for marrying Prabhakar, whose legs were incapacitated due to polio when he was four years old. Prabhakar, an artist, earns his living by selling his work.

He also owns an STD phone booth.

M. Haroon and H. Jeenath, another couple have been married for 21 years.

Two-and-a-half years ago Haroon lost one of his legs in an accident. Now, Jeenath acts as his `leg.'

He earns his livelihood by running an STD phone booth.

Padma Gracy married P. Paul Raja, who manages his accountant job in a private mill `single-handedly.'

Twenty couples participated in the celebration. J. Balasubramanian, president, presided over the function.

From S.S. Kavitha

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