Rani's Happy Day
YOU South Africa|25 March 2021
Acid attack survivor finds love with the man who helped her believe in kindness and humanity again
Robyn Lucas

SHE’S been to hell and back but her story, so steeped in pain and suffering, finally has a happy ending.

And Pramodini Roul (28) says she couldn’t feel more blessed. She recently tied the knot with Saroj Sahoo (29), the man who made her believe in the goodness of humankind again.

An acid attack nearly cost Rani, as she’s called, her life and left her with severe scars and impaired vision. When she wed recently in her hometown of Jagat­ singhpur in India, fellow acid survivors were among the 1 000­plus guests who witnessed the happy occasion.

“It’s an amazing feeling to be married to Saroj,” Rani says. “We had so many guests to celebrate our special day.”

The couple met in March 2014 at a hos­pital where she was admitted for treat­ment after an infection ravaged her legs.

When Rani was 17, parliamentary soldier Santosh Kumar Bedant (then 28) threw acid in her face after she rejected his marriage proposal.

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