A call received from unrecognised number changed Lalita Benbansi’s life forever.
When 26 year old acid attack victim Lalita Benbansi received a call from an unknown number she didn’t realise that it will change her life forever. She fell in love with 27 year old Rahul a CCTV operator from Malad and tied the knot with him. Life had turned miserable for Lalita after her cousins had thrown acid on her due to personal enmity in 2012. She was supposed to get married to another man as the marriage ceremony was called off after the acid attack. During that time, she was worried about her future and who will marry her after her face was disfigured due to acid attack. However, fate had different plans for Lalita as she managed to find her better half. The love story between Lalita and Rahul can be compared with a Bollywood potboiler. Thus, a wrong number turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Lalita. This year our firm had dedicated Newsmakers Achievers awards function to support acid attack victims and even Lalita was felicitated. Around 85 per cent of the victims of acid attacks are women as many of them have to undergo severe hardships after assault.
“I never had thought that I will get married after the acid attack. Rahul had taken a decision to marry me after understanding the hardships faced by me. He didn’t change his mind despite being aware that I am an acid survivor,” said Lalita.
When AV spoke to Daulat B. Khan, president of Saahas Foundation, she said, “Groom’s name is Ravishankar Singh but he is known as Rahul. We are pleased that Ravishankar had taken a right step to marry Lalita. She is associated with Saahas since three years but she used to work with us prior to that.”
“Lalita used to hide her face by covering a cloth but I asked her to uncover her face so that people will come to know about the hardships faced by acid victims. We have been involved in the preparations of marriage since last one and a half month. The couple are happy,” she added.
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. She will also have to undergo another 12 surgeries. Her treatment will continue after marriage too. The photos of Lalita and Rahul were posted on social media which went viral.
“Lalita’s heart is pure and that is what mattered to me the most. From the beginning itself I had decided to do something different in life. My mother and family members had supported the decision taken by me. I never thought that a wrong number will turnaround my life,” said Rahul.
Saahas foundation an NGO and many celebrities from film industry had come forward to help Rahul and Lalita. Actor Vivek Oberoi has gifted an apartment in Thane and designers Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla prepared Lalita’s attire and presented her 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 Saahas foundation,” said Vivek Oberoi.