Pradip Gogoi and Juli Baruah at their wedding in Dhakuakhana on Thursday. Picture by UB Photos
Guwahati, July 30: Juli Baruah, who lost both her hands in an accident when she was a student of Cotton College in 2006 and later established herself as a writer, today tied the knot with Ulfa leader Pradip Gogoi.
The marriage was held at Juli's house at Duliagaon in Dhakuakhana in Lakhimpur district. Juli now works as press and research officer at the directorate of information and public relations of the Assam government in Guwahati.
When media persons visited her home today, Juli told them that in Pradip she found the person with qualities she was looking for. "Marriage proposals came at different times. But among them I did not find the qualities I had been looking for, so I refused. Even when I was undergoing treatment I got many proposals. But at that moment I could not think about it as I was struggling with life," she said.
After the accident, the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) helped her get two artificial hands made by a German company, with which she can perform basic tasks like writing and holding a spoon. "With the passage of time I realised that we should accept life as a challenge. I thought if I could challenge my physical limitations, I could live like any other girl. I started to think that if someday I met a person who could understand me and care for me, I will have no objection to getting married to him. Accordingly, I informed my wish to my family members," she said.
"I met him (Pradip) for the first time in 2006 when he came to see me in hospital. At that time the very word Ulfa was enough to scare me. But when he kept visiting me in the hospital we developed a cordial relationship. He became almost like a family member. When he visited Dhakuakhana he used to drop by our house or meet me in Guwahati. It was not love. He was like a guardian. But around three months ago he gave me the proposal for marriage. His family members also came to our home with the proposal. Our family agreed," she said.
Last year, innovator Uddhab Bharali made a feeding machine for Juli so that she could eat with its help.
Pradip told The Telegraph that he was happy that he would be able to inspire Juli in her creativity. "She is a confident lady with a creative mind. One day it occurred to me that it would be nice to support her in her pursuit," he said.
Juli has written two books, Bijoyini and Krishti Brown Aru Moi. Author Jimoni Choudhury has also written a book on her (Juli's) life.