Dhanbad, April 15: Acid attack victim Sonali Mukherjee on Thursday, April 16 got married to an electrical engineer at a district court in Dhanbad.
According to reports, her husband Chitranjan Tiwari hails from Jamshedpur and works in Odisha. [KBC show exposes our celebrities' convenient conscience]
After knowing about fighter Sonali's acid attack case through media, Tiwari approached her on social networking website Facebook. [SC concerned over acid attack cases,says situation is pathetic]
The duo fell for each other soon and decided to take their relationship to the next level.
On Thursday, both got legally married at a court in Bokaro, Dhanbad. Their marriage with proper rituals will take place later this month.
On April 22, 2003, she was merely 18-years-old when an acid attack while she was asleep on the terrace of her her house changed her life forever.
She felt a burning liquid splashed on her, melting away the flesh on her face, neck, the right part of her chest and lower torso.
The three men responsible, including a married man, were held and two of them were even convicted but they were later granted bail by the Jharkhand High Court.
Sonali's father Chandidas Mukherjee sold all his land and family jewels to fund her treatment and legal fees. He spent Rs 10-15 lakh in the court cases and on her treatment. Her family members also borrowed Rs 3-4 lakh from relatives, who demanded the money back. [Despite SC's ban, over-the-counter sale of acid still on rise]
Against all odds, she has undergone 25 reconstructive surgeries in ten years. She can't hear from her right ear, which as she shows by lifting her dupatta, is reduced to a small glob of flesh. Doctors took skin from her thighs and grafted it on her nose and cheeks, to give it a modicum of shape.
Her younger sister, who also suffered acid burns on her hands and feet, was married off early.
In 2012, she also petitioned the government to approve her euthanasia.
After struggling for years with surgeries and shortage of funds, she finally got a government job in February 2014. She was given a class three job in a government school Jharkhand's Bokaro city. [Jharkhand acid attack victim gets a job]
In 2012, Sonali's case made national headlines when she appeared in the popular quiz show "Kaun Banega Crorepati" (KBC), hosted by Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, along-with Bollywood actress Lara Dutta.