Kusmel Villagers with the help of Brajrajnagar MLA Kishore Kumar Mohanty solemnise the wedding of Soni Yadav.

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Jharsuguda : At one hand, where there is a Mahanadi river dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh, but on the other hand, the same Mahanadi river has now created a bridge of love and harmony between these two-state.

A 21-year-old, girl who had swept away, after accidentally falling into the Mahanadi river and was rescued by a fisherman and was adopted by the fisherman couple of Kusmel Village under Lakhanpur Block of Odisha, five years ago, Now, her foster parents and the villagers, together solemnised her wedding on Wednesday.

As per the report, five years ago, on 14th September 2016, Soni Yadav, a native of Jebra Village under Sarangarh Police station of Chhattisgarh had gone to visit Chandrahasini Temple at Chandrapur in Chhattisgarh and had accidentally fallen into Mahanadi River and swept away nearly 70 kilometres away and reached Odisha when she was spotted by the fishermen of Kusmel Village under Badimal panchayat of Lakhanpur Block of Odisha had later recused her and brought her to their village. The villagers had taken to the nearest public health centre almost 10 km away.

When she regained her consciousness, she realised that she is in Odisha, after few days she was taken to her village in Chhattisgarh and it was learnt that her parents were no more and she was living with her aunt. After that, she wished to remain with Sanyasi Kalo and his family, who saved her. Even, Sanyasi Kalo was happy to adopt her as he had only three sons and no daughter in his family.

After five years when Soni had grown up and attained the age of marriage, Sanyasi Kalo and his family struggled to conduct marriage, after that, the villagers had come together and solemnised the wedding, with the help of Brajrajnagar MLA Kishore Kumar Mohanty, on Wednesday.

As we all villagers of Kusmel had accepted her a daughter, of this village, and decided to jointly help whenever she gets married. We fixed marriage with Purushottam Yadav (25) of Dharamjaygarh of Chhattisgarh. As there is a saying that river never breaks but it joins (Nadi kabhi thodti nahi hai but jodti hai) on this line, we are quite hopeful that the Mahanadi river dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh will also get over through this new relation. said Jadumani Bhainsal, a resident of Kusmel Village

I want to thank the villagers of Kusmel who had asked me to do (Kanya dan) of Soni Yadav. It is a moment of pride and happiness. I think that Soni, who will go to her in-law’s house in Chhattisgarh, will act as a communication bridge between the two-state and solve the Mahanadi Dispute with Chhattisgarh and Odisha in future. Said Brajrajnagar MLA Kishore Kumar Mohanty.  

I was very happy to raise Soni as my daughter, as I had only three sons and no daughter. We had adopted her and I am happy that she got married but simultaneously I am also sad that she will leave us now and would go back to Chhattisgarh. Said Ahalya Kalo, the foster mother of Soni Yadav.

I am sad that I will go back to Chhattisgarh leaving my parents, who had looked after me for five years. During these five years, I have lots of good memories and love from everyone. I will miss these all thing including the Kusmel village. Said Soni Yadav.

I had come to see the girl and agreed to marry. I am very happy that I am getting married to Soni, even the local MLA has come to do (Kanyadan), for him, I dont have any words. I think whatever happened, it happened for good and I am very lucky that I am marrying Soni. Said Purushottam Yadav, the groom