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Unique match-making event on Sunday

Last Updated: Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 00:09

Jaipur: Till now, life was a saga of sufferings and miseries for 22-year-old orphan and HIV positive Hina (name changed), but now she is all set to start
a new innings from tomorrow by tying the nuptial knot with a
boy also afflicted with AIDS.

Rather than keeping it a secret affair, both have decided
to send a positive message to society by holding a grand
marriage ceremony in a traditional manner.

Over 200 invitation cards have already been distributed
for tomorrow`s marriage function and the list of invitees
includes public representatives.

The two came together through the efforts of an
organisation Rajasthan Network of People living with HIV
positive (RNP+).

The 24-year-old boy lives with his family in Bharatpur
while the girl stays in a rehabilitation centre of Pehal
organisation.

"It is the first of its kind marriage here which is
being solemnised in a traditional manner despite the fact that
both the groom and the bride are HIV positive," Prerna Singh,
one of the organisers, said.

Singh, who is Managing Trustee of the Pehal organisation,
said the boy works as a salesman and is in a financially
sound position. "The support extended by his family has been
exemplary," she added.

"We want to live life with dignity for which my family
supported me. I hope the wedding will spread a good message,"
the boy, who belongs to Brahmin community, said.

"It will be memorable moment for me and a new life,"
Hina, who is also caretaker of a rehabilitation centre, said.

PTI

First Published: Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 00:09
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