June 2, 2017
Bengaluru: It wasn’t easy for Anisha Multani to look for a life partner who would accept her as for what she is, but also celebrate her for all her achievements. After an almost 6 -years search, she found love in Garana Imran M. Both affected by Polio, they have had their share of struggles, till they found each other for support and encouragement.
Anisha Multani, all of 30 years. based in Surat, is a Ms India Wheelchair 2015 runner up and a rifle shooting gold medalist. AN achiever against all odds, she wasn’t ready to settle down with just anybody. And it was the same with Imran. In their search for the right person, they registered on Inclov, a first-of-its kind matchmaking app. The app focuses on the ‘twirties’ people, and those with health problems or disability, and helps them find suitable partners. This is where the duo met and fell in love.
“I have been looking for a life partner for the past 6 years. Within the first week of launch of Inclov, i found a man who is simple, caring and who can look after my needs.” They formerly announced their togetherness recently.
It is no secret that we as a society aren’t really accommodative of the disabled and their choices. Infact, there likes and dislikes are rarely given any importance, and they still find it difficult to find love or suitable match. Margarita, In a Straw, the beautiful movie that had Kalki Koechlin play the lead character of a disabled woman talks about her desires and interests, which we rarely associate with a disabled. So, what inspired this app, which amidst all the dozens that are programmed is unique. “ Inclov has been founded by Kalyani Khona and me. We are both college buddies. And this idea struck KHona while on a solo trip to Himalayas. Standing at that dizzying height, she wondered how the differently-abled would negotiate these challenges. One thought led to another, and before she knew it, she was planning a matchmaking service,” says Shankar Srinivasan, Founder, Inclov. An app that became an instant hit amongst many, has revolutionised the way disabled are looked at in the marriage market. They are making their own choices, like all of us. “ We already have 10000 users. Our success is a validation of the work we are doing. It’s been a struggle for us—wondering if the idea will even work. We’re particularly pushing people with disabilities. We’re here to give them options,”says Khona. Almost validating the above sentence, Sameer Chaturvedi, a 30 year old Phd scholar from Delhi with Cerebral Palsy says, “My life was restricted, in a way that i was going to University then back home. This platform has provided me a break from that mundane life”.
Life offline: Social Spaces is Inclov’s offline meetup property where they provide an innovative platform for all the users to come and meet in-person. The meet-ups are inclusive in nature and their curated locations are universally designed which ensures 100% accessibility in infrastructure for people with disability.
People with disability usually have restricted social lives due to inaccessible transports, roadways and public places. To bring about this systemic change and create inclusive environment for people with disability, Inclov launched Social Spaces which has proven to be a huge success. They have had 20 meetups across India so far.