“Miracles do happen,” says Lalita Ben Bansi, 26, as she gets ready for her wedding reception in Mumbai on Tuesday. “Who would have thought an acid attack and 17 surgeries later I would find love. But it happened. And it all started with a wrong number.”
Lalita’s life took a turn for the worse in 2012, when her cousin threw acid at her over some minor argument. “So many surgeries later, too, my face was deformed. In need for change, I moved from Azamgarh to Kalwa in Thane near Mumbai,” says Lalita.
Some two months ago, Lalita Ben bansi received a call from a wrong number. This one call bloomed into a love story that social media cannot seem to stop gushing about today.
“Lalita, a 26-year-old resident of Kalwa, Mumbai, was supposed to get married to a different man in 2012. But the ceremony was cut short when Lalita’s cousins attacked her with acid, owing to personal enmity.
The acid burnt most of Lalita’s face, due to which she had to undergo 17 surgeries at the Bombay Hospital and Masina Hospital in Mumbai.
As her treatment continued, Lalita, around two months ago, received this particular call from an unknown man named Rahul Kumar. As luck would have it, the two met, fell in love, and decided to get married.
And they did. Photos of their wedding were posted on social media, which soon went viral along with their touching love story.
“I did not know a wrong number would change my life. I am feeling very happy. I had never thought that I would ever get married. He, even after knowing about the truth, still remained on his decision to marry me,” said an overwhelmed Lalita.
Saahas foundation, an NGO helping Lalita with her rehabilitation, said that many people from the film industry came forward to help Lalita and Rahul with their story book wedding.
Reports have it that actor Vivek Oberoi has offered to gift Lalita an apartment in Thane, while designer duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla gifted her trousseau and a wedding necklace.
“I wish they stay happy together. He (Rahul) loves her truly. He was telling me that their love story is filmy. It was a wrong number and then they became friends. Now they are starting a new life. Lalita is a strong girl. I met Lalita when we had an awareness programme held by Sahas foundation,” said Vivek Oberoi.