Aditya Tiwari, the youngest single parent in the country to adopt a child with special abilities, is finally getting married on July 16. The 28-year-old software engineer is tying the knot with a girl from Indore and will have a unique marriage ceremony.
The marriage ceremony will be held in the city where more than 10,000 homeless people and children from orphanages, more than 1,000 stray and zoo animals will be given a feast.
The guests will receive books and medicines as gifts. Tiwari, who also hails from the city, plans to plant 100 saplings to mark the occasion.
Apart from his immediate family no one else has been invited for the marriage.
“People tend to spend lakhs of rupees on their marriage by hiring disk jockeys, on decorations and lavish menu but I do not want to do the same,” says Tiwari, who adopted one-and half-year-old Binni, who suffers from Down’s syndrome and had a hole in his heart as well. “As it is one of the happiest days of my life, I want to include people who never get any invitations like children from orphanage, homeless and poor people.”
A support group for Down syndrome will be launched by him on the day to create awareness about the disease.
For Tiwari it has been a long struggle to adopt the child as his adoption request was rejected as he was a bachelor and his age. Old norms did not allow single parents below 30 to adopt, but in October last year, the age limit was lowered to 25.
Completing legal formalities for adoption took more than a year and Tiwari received parental rights of the boy in January 2016. After adopting Binni, he decided to call him Avneesh.
“People discouraged me from adopting Avneesh has they said it will be difficult for me to cope with his medical needs. Some even went to extent of saying that no girl would ever marry me,” says Tiwari, who is now busy with the marriage preparations.
The last six months since adopting the boy, have been beautiful for him and his family, he says.
“I took my time in choosing a life partner as I wanted to be sure that even she holds the same love, which I have towards Avneesh. I am glad I found her and she dotes on Aveensh more than I do.”