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Chhattisgarh News
Youth marry jaundice-afflicted widow in hospital

RAIPUR: A youth on Friday married a jaundice-afflicted widow in the presence of doctors and nurses in Ambedkar Hospital in the capital city of Chhattisgarh. On Akshay Tritiya, the woman took ‘Saat Phere’ (seven vows of the marriage) on a wheel chair in the hospitals woman ward. Under the Hindu customs the couple completed the marriage ceremony in 10 minutes and pledged to live together the whole life.

The first marriage of the bride, Roopali Nandi, 23, of Khalbada Kukurbeda (Amanaka) was performed with a youth resident of Gudhiyari about five years ago. Within 10 months of the marriage her husband died from some disease. After the death her husband, she has been working in a factory near her parental house. She resides with her father Lakhan Nandi and brother and sister-in-law. Her mother had died when she was six month old.

It has been said that a widow introductory meet was held at Maharashtra Mandal situated at Samta Colony on March 9 last. Roopali, along with her family members had reached the meet. During the meet a youth from Odisha, Varun Bagh, 30, liked her and decided the date for marriage on Akshay Tritiya. While both the families were making preparations for the marriage, Roopali fell sick two days ago.

The sister-in-law of the bride said that she was taken to district hospital on Thursday morning and after primary treatment she was referred to Ambedkar hospital, where she was diagnosed jaundice. Immediately she was admitted in the hospital. It has been said that her marriage was performed at the hospital with the permission of the hospital superintendent Dr Vivek Choudhary.

A resident of Odisha, the bridegroom said that he has been residing with his sister and brother-in-law at Arjun Nagar near Ghadi Chowk and works as draftsman with a construction company. It is his first marriage. He is happy with the marriage and is waiting for his wife get well soon.

Chairperson of Ma Banjari Self Help Group Hemlata Mahajan said that the marriage was performed because of the efforts of the group.

Spokesperson of Ambedkar Hospital Shubhra Singh Thakur said that this was the first marriage in the hospital. Widow marriage is a praiseworthy effort, she added.