New Delhi: Nitika Kaul Dhoundiyal, the wife of Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal, who was martyred last February in an encounter with Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, is all set to follow in her late husband’s footsteps and join the Indian Army. Also Read - Pulwama Terror Attack: All Financial Dues And Benefits Paid to Martyrs' Kin, Clarifies CRPF
35-year-old Major VS Dhaundiyal was martyred on February 17, 2019, just three days after the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were martyred. A video of his wife paying tribute to him at his funeral had gone viral on social media. Also Read - Pulwama Attack Anniversary: Who Benefitted The Most? Rahul Gandhi Trains Gun on BJP Government
Nitika, who is from Kashmir and works with a multinational company in Noida while staying with her parents in Delhi, applied for the Short Service Commission (SSC) in the Army. She subsequently cleared the written exam, as well as the gruelling Service Selection Board (SSB) and is currently waiting for the merit list. Also Read - Remembering Pulwama: PM Modi, Amit Shah Pay Homage to CRPF Martyrs, Say 'Forever Grateful of Our Bravehearts'
According to reports, she applied for SSC last September, seven months after Major Dhoundiyal’s martyrdom. She will now join the Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai.
The Army relaxes the age limit for war widows if they want to join the service. The selection process, however, remains as tough as it is for normal candidates. In the past, wives of several martyrs have joined the Army.
Major Dhaundiyal, who was from Dehradun, was with the Rashtriya Rifles (RR) at the time of his martyrdom. He was awarded a posthumous Shaurya Chakra, India’s third-highest peacetime gallantry award, last Independence Day.