"I am an Indian first, my country needs me at this time."
An Indian nurse was set to get married on May 1, 2020, but she decided to cancel her wedding.
Sharmila Kumari, a resident of Chandigarh, also made her family wait, telling them that she will only get married after the Coronavirus pandemic is over and the situation returns to normal.
On the day of her wedding, Sharmila woke up and got ready. However, instead of her bridal gown, she put on her PPE kit.
She also picked up her COVID-19 testing kit.
Meanwhile, her uncle is conducting thermal scans for Coronavirus in the markets.
Preparations like invitations had been made for the wedding but Sharmila’s decision to cancel the wedding meant that it was no longer needed.
She explained that her priority was to fight the virus on the frontline.
Sharmila revealed that she would never forgive herself if she turned her back on her duty for anything, even marriage.
She said: “Marriage is very important for a girl. But I am an Indian first, my country needs me at this time.”
Sharmila went on to say that her marriage can take place at any point in her life.
She added that she would be angry at herself if she got married instead of saving lives.
She told her parents about the cancellation and her reason behind it. After telling them to wait until the situation improves, they approved of her decision.
The Indian nurse also told her fiancé Dinesh Bhardwaj who also welcomed the decision, saying that it was in the society’s interest.
In another case of a nurse prioritising patients instead of her wedding, a woman named Pooja was set to get married, however, it was indefinitely postponed due to the ongoing Coronavirus.
All the wedding preparations made by her family and friends had been cancelled.
However, Pooja was unphased and carried on with her nursing duties at Chamba Medical College.
On what was supposed to be her wedding day, Pooja went to the hospital and took care of the Coronavirus patients.
Pooja’s father Prakash Chand explained that the wedding was going to take place but due to the Coronavirus crisis, everyone felt it would be best to postpone it.
He went on to say that the hospital needs her help more.
Even though there was some sadness with the marriage being postponed, Prakash was proud that his daughter was helping people during a time of crisis.
Pooja’s mother, Kiran, said she was proud of her daughter as she is risking her wellbeing to help people.
She said that the marriage can happen in the future.
Kiran said that the decision was supported by the groom’s side of the family.
According to the Indian nurse, her duties as a nurse will be the same once she gets married.