Conjoined twins Ganga and Jamuna Monda, who share a stomach but have separate hearts, kidneys and livers, were born to an impoverished family near Kolkata, West Bengal.
Their parents were unable to pay for medical attention and deserted them when they reached their teens, fearing they were a sign of God’s fury.
With no education they joined a travelling circus, performing for audiences across India.
The 47-year-olds, who are known as the Spider Sisters, have been single all their lives and suffered years of rejection — not just from romantic relationships with men, but from society in general — because of their unusual appearance.
They earned a relatively good wage of ￡25 a night but began to tire after years on the road.
It was then that they first laid eyes on Ahmad, 36, who worked part-time with the circus as a sound engineer, and were stunned to discover he shared their feelings.
Barcroft Media has produced this 3-minute profile of the two sisters and how they have finally found love — with the SAME man. Conjoined twins Ganga and Jamuna Mondal say they are happier than ever – after a chance encounter with kind-hearted man, Jasimuddin Ahmad. They finally found someone who accepts them. “It was love at first sight,” said Ganga, who shares four arms and three legs with her sister.
‘When we met Jasimuddin we both felt this was a man who would truly love us. And he does – he loves us straight from the heart.’
Jamuna added: ‘We have been very happy since he came into our lives. We have suffered in the past but we don’t want to suffer anymore. We really hope to spend the rest of our lives with him.’
However, like many of the best relationships, their love is based mostly on fun and companionship
He said: ‘Ever since I met them I have considered their pain as my own. I have always been like this. I have always treated other people’s troubles as my own and tried to make things better.
‘Now, every night I sit with them. We share a meal on the terrace and talk about our lives. I sit with them in the evening breeze and we share our joys and our sorrows.