Grieving is for the Weak: These Widows of Jawans Joined the Indian Army Instead!

Indian Army is one of the best in the World. Being a part of it is a privilege you have to earn. These wives of army officers have earned that privilege just to honor their husbands who were killed while serving India. Take a look at their inspirational stories!

Vinaya Patil


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Married to her childhood sweetheart, who was now a Flight Lieutanant with the IAF, life was good for Vinaya. She has a PG degree in Journalism and Sociology and was working with DNA. Tragedy struck just three months into their marriage when her husband, Shashikant Damgude, had a road accident which led to his death. At a young age of 26, Vinaya was shattered. In April, while still working, she decided to fight against the odds dealt to her and applied for the Service Selection Board (SSB) examinations. Thus followed endless studies and sleepless nights, she came through it all and cleared the exams. Currently she is under going her 11-month training at the Air Force Academy, Dundigal in Hyderabad.

Priya Semwal


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In 2012, Naik Amit Sharma, who was serving with the 14 Rajput Regiment in a counter-insurgency operation near hilly Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, was killed. His was wife, Priya Semwal and four year old child, Khwahish Sharma, were stranded. Priya was only a college student when she had married Amit in 2006. Colonel Arun Agarwal, Commanding Officer, 14 Rajput Regiment, suggested that she join the army. Though initially reluctant, Priya accepted and was commissioned into the Indian Army as short service officers at the ceremonial passing out parade in 2014. She was probably the first wife of a late Army Officer to join as an Officer.

Swati Mahadik


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She is another brave widow who joined Indian Army after the death of her husband. Colonel Mahadik went down fighting with the terrorists in Kashmir in November last year. Only nine months later, Swati decided to honor her husband and has now passed the SSB with flying colors. She has two children, Kartikee and Swaraj who are 11 and 6 years old respectively.

Neeta Deswal


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33 year old Neeta Deswal lost her husband four months ago, Major Amit Deswal was in counter insurgency operation in Manipur. She is now preparing for the SSB examinations to join the Indian Army through the Short Service Commission.

These women are truly worth respect and much more. Their bravery is commendable!

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