A Love Story That Transcends Societal Conventions

Seven years of courtship and a happy together forever. The love story of acid attack survivor Pramodini Roul and Saroj Kumar is beyond ordinary. For Pramodini, it is a tale of revival from a painful past and for Saroj, it is a tale of unconditional love which transcended the societal conventions.

In 2009, when Pramodini who was only 16 years old, had to pay the price of refusing the marriage proposal by an army official Santosh Kumar Bendatta. The rejection didn’t go down well and Santosh threw a bottle of acid on her face. Pramodini’s face was not only disfigured, but her life was also in shambles. But 11 years later, Pramodini, who once dreaded the word marriage, is now happily married, leaving the scars of a painful past behind.

The light in her life came in the form of Saroj Kumar, a medical representative who she met while she was undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. They met in 2014 and since then Saroj has been a constant in her life. Though Pramodini initially was apprehensive to meet a man, Saroj’s caring nature made her change her decision.

He proposed to Pramodini on January 14, 2016. Two years later on Valentine’s Day, the engagement was held in Lucknow, where Pramodini worked at the Sheroes café, which is run by acid attack survivors.

On March 1, the wedding was solemnised in Jagatsinghpur district, where Pramodini lives. It was followed by a reception in Bhubaneswar which was attended by several notable dignitaries from the state.

“Marrying Saroj is the best thing that has happened in my life. He has been a constant strength in all my ups and downs. I would like to give a message to every acid attack survivor that don’t feel hopeless, rise up and dream big because you are no less,” bride Pramodini said at her wedding reception.

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