Nitika Kaul, following her late husband Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal, has been commissioned as a Lieutenant on Saturday. Lt Gen YK Joshi piped stars on her shoulders at a ceremony held at the Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The PRO Udhampur, Ministry of Defence shared the brief video on its official Twitter handle.
“#MajVibhutiShankarDhoundiyal, made the Supreme Sacrifice at #Pulwama in 2019, was awarded SC (P). Today his wife @Nitikakaul dons #IndianArmy uniform; paying him a befitting tribute. A proud moment for her as Lt Gen YK Joshi, #ArmyCdrNC himself pips the Stars on her shoulders!”, PRO Udhampur wrote on Twitter. Major Dhoundiyal laid down his life-fighting terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama and was awarded Shaurya Chakra (posthumously) for his sacrifice for the nation.
“You know why this is important because the Army never leaves its families alone even if the soldier is not there. For him to be there and support a veer nari who was married to a brother officer & now adorns the uniform herself, speaks volume about the Army Values & Code of conduct,” a netizen who was among thousands who viewed the tweet said.