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55-yr-old widow`s `Swayamwar` to find new partner

A 55-year-old widow, deserted by her children, made a new beginning in life by selecting a partner through a `Swayamwar` here today.

Ahmedabad: A 55-year-old widow, deserted
by her children, made a new beginning in life by selecting a
partner through a `Swayamwar` here today.

Bhanumati Rawal from Anand district selected Rajendra
Rawal, who is in mid-fifties, from Mansa in Gandhinagar
district, as her partner out of the 36 persons who
participated at this unique `Swayamwar`.

"Being old should not stop you from living your life.
At this age I decided not to hide from the society but face
it," Bhanumati, said after the Swayamwar.

"I am happy to get married again. It is better than
living in an old age home," she said, adding people of her age
should think of starting new life instead of opting for old
age homes.

Rawal said he was at such a stage where one needed a
partner to spend the rest of the life.

"My only objective to participate in this Swayamwar
was to find a partner who can give me happiness till the end
of my life," he said.

The Swayamvar for Bhanumati was organised by NGO Vina
Mulya Amulya Seva headed by Natubhai Patel.

Patel said that 36 candidates participated in the

"Ten persons were selected after the first round.
Further elimination left the final three, out of which
Bhanumati selected Rajendra, who incidentally also belongs to
the same caste as her," he said.

"This will be third marriage of Bhanumati. She had got
divorce from first marriage and her second husband died. She
was deserted by her children and relatives and was forced to
live in an old age home. While this is second marriage for
Rajendra," Patel said.

Bhanumati could not gel with the rest of the inmates as
all were past 65 years, he said, adding, that is when she
approached the NGO and it was decided to hold a Swayamwar for

Rajendra said that his wife had died of illness in 1994,
when his kids were very young.

"But now when the kids are grown up and independent, I
thought that I should also find a partner," he added.


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