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100 differently abled kids paint, dance and feast as special wedding guests at a dentist’s marriage in Bhopal

When you give others reasons to be happy, life gives you reasons to be happy. Although, not a very popular practice today, some people really do go out of their way to spread joy in the lives of others. With this firm belief, Dr. Chandresh Shukla too diverged from the conventional to make his special day, special for numerous others.

Dr. Chandresh Shukla, a dentist from Bhopal who is also the vice-president of the Dental Council of India’s MP unit, tied the knot with Dr. Devashree Shukla, a dentist herself. The ceremony took place at a private hotel in the city. On his wedding day on May 22, he invited 100 differently abled children from various shelter homes, in the age group of 3-18, to be a part of his wedding. These children were invited to a feast and to be a part of the wedding procession; after this they also participated in a painting competition. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who was also a guest at the wedding, said that it was a significant and highly commendable social initiative to share a happy occasion like marriage with these children. “The joy, apparent on the face of the children taking part in the baraat (wedding procession), increased the sparkle of the marriage ceremony,” said the Chief Minister to The Times of India. He also congratulated the new couple for it. After the ceremony, the newly-wed couple also distributed gifts to the kids.

Dr. Shukla also joined the children, dancing whole-heartedly with them. Raghvendra Sharma, Chairman – Child Rights Panel, said, “Such way of enjoying the wedding ceremony gives you a different feeling. He has set an example for others in society.”


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