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Thanks to the power of social media, this differently-abled couple gets married in Odisha

Laxmirani, 43, and Mahabir, 48, of Latapahar in Jharkhand’s Manoharpur district are speech and hearing-impaired since birth.

Two differently-abled persons — Laxmirani Tripathy of Sambalpur and Mahabir Prasad Shukla of neighbouring Jharkhand — got married at Shankar Mutt on Sunday, March 21, six months after they met on Facebook, all thanks to social media. 

Laxmirani, 43, and Mahabir, 48, of Latapahar in Jharkhand’s Manoharpur district are speech and hearing-impaired since birth. While Mahabir is an electrical contractor, Laxmirani is a matriculate and has completed sewing and beautician courses.

The duo met on Facebook six months back. Not being able to talk to each other was no barrier, as the two exchanged messages and got to know each other. Soon, they began to interact over WhatsApp video call, using sign language, The New Indian Express reported.

The differently-abled duo decided to get married, a big thanks to the new-age technology which helped them overcome their communication barrier.

Laxmirani’s 21-year-old nephew Arnava Babu said, “My aunt found Mahabir Ji on Facebook and they remained in touch over different social media platforms. After interacting for some time, my aunt informed her decision to marry. The groom’s family also agreed for the marriage.”

Arnava added that their family never thought of getting their daughter married to a man from such a far-off place.

“But we are really happy as she could find a compatible companion for her. The family members consider it God’s will and are hoping that both will certainly share a peaceful and happy relationship,” he added.

At the mutt located on the outskirts of Sambalpur city, Laxmirani and Mahabir tied the knot in the presence of their family, friends and well-wishers.

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