In 2012, Lalita Ben Bansi’s cousin threw acid on her after the two got into a small argument. Five years and 17 surgeries later, Ben Basi enjoyed one of the happiest days of her life this week, when she married Ravi Shankar, a man she met as the result of misdialing a phone number.
“Who would have thought an acid attack and 17 surgeries later I would find love,” she told the Hindustan Times after her wedding ceremony in Thane, India. “But it happened. And it all started with a wrong number.”
The couple met over the phone after Ben Bansi mistakenly dialed Ravi’s number. They hit it off immediately and agreed to meet in person. The rest is history.
“I liked her from the beginning,” the groom said. “I had to make Lalita believe that she too had the right to a better life. Looks are a matter of time. I have seen gorgeous-looking people parting ways after years of marriage. I had always thought I would break the monotony.”
The only thing left for the newlyweds, who met just two months ago, to decide is where they will settle. Ben Bansi moved from Azamgarh, India to a town near Mumbai in the aftermath of her attack. Her husband, who works for a CCTV company, lives in Ranchi.
“We will decide whether to settle in Mumbai or Ranchi depending on what Lalita wants,” said Ravi.
“Shankar taught me to believe in love,” the bride concluded. “It is a fresh start.”
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