For acid attack victim Lalita, a wrong number became her lifeline 

Lalita Bansi, an acid attack victim, had dialled a wrong number by mistake, she had little idea that the receiver will become her husband. Ravi called her back and on the third day of their phone conversations he proposed to her

For acid attack victim Lalita, a wrong number became her lifeline

A phone call that changed her life, a wrong number which she dialled by mistake, ultimately proved to be the right one. She has left the trauma of the past far behind, she has overcome the agony: this is Lalita’s story.

Lalitaben Bansi, a twenty six year old girl tied the knot with Ravi Rajput in Mumbai.

The marriage hall was full of happy, cheerful faces who had gathered to bless the union of these two individuals. It was evident from the happy and content face of Lalita that she has truly walked past the trauma she faced in past.

But, another well pleased person, who was standing quietly, was Kanchan Gupta, wife of renowned Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon Dr Ashok Gupta, who helped give Lalita a new lease of life.

For acid attack victim Lalita, a wrong number became her lifeline 
Kanchan Gupta (right), wife of Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon Dr Ashok Gupta, with Lalita Bansi and Ravi Rajput (left)

Speaking to My Medical Mantra Kanchan Gupta said, “Lalita is like my daughter and I am very happy to see her getting married. The agony she has suffered from is huge, but finally her worries are over. She is starting her life afresh and I am here to bless the couple”

Lalita was 21 years old, when acid was thrown on her, in her native town of Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh. When she had to be operated on by Dr Gupta’s in Bombay Hospital, she had minimal chances of survival.

As Dr Gupta recalled, “Lalita was in critical condition. She was severely burned and was extremely malnourished. Also, she was suffering through severe infection due to wounds. After doing her check-up, I began her treatment with cleaning her wounds. The procedure went on for 2 to 3 days.”

Lalita’s complete recovery was not an easy goal to achieve. Dr Gupta performed 70 surgeries on her over the period of 3 years. Her facial organs had to be reconstructed. Lalita’s father used to work on a petrol pump and was not in position to afford her advance treatment. He received help from Dr Ashok Gupta who waived his fees and gathered groups of people who extended financial help to Lalita.

But, leaving all the past behind Lalita is now prepared to begin a new inning in life. “I am extremely happy. I wish to live my life with a new start”, Lalita said after her wedding.

For acid attack victim Lalita, a wrong number became her lifeline

How she happened to meet her husband is a rather unusual story. When she dialled a wrong number by mistake, she had little idea that the receiver will become her husband. Ravi called her back and on the third day of their phone conversations he proposed to her.

Taken aback by the sudden proposal Lalita made him aware of her past. Undeterred by her story, he came with his family to meet hers, and the marriage was fixed. “It was a chhoti si love story”, says Ravi who is extremely positive for his future.

Their families had no objection on their decision to get married. “I am extremely happy. It’s a dream come true moment for me. The smile on Lalita’s face gives me immense satisfaction” said Lalita’s mother.

For acid attack victim Lalita, a wrong number became her lifeline

The wedding ceremony also received many helping hands. Lalita’s story came into notice of Hrishikesh Kadam who is the chairperson of Udyami Maharashtra organization. Along with his friends he came forward to organise the wedding. All the expenses of the weddings were shared by the set of people as per their capacity.

“When we got to know about her story, we decided to help the family with the wedding arrangements. When we shared this idea with people, many came forward to help and the arrangements were made collectively.” said Vaidehee Pavaskar, Operations Head of Udyami Maharashtra.