Donned in their uniforms, they held her bridal chadar from corner to corner as she walked to the mandap where she was to be wed. Her own brother lost his life in the line of duty during a terrorist attack in Pulwama, Jammu & Kashmir last year in October and couldn't be with her to perform brotherly duties on her special day. It came as a surprise to her when multiple Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans came to fill in for their colleague.
Jyoti, the sister of late constable Shailendra Pratap Singh, tied the knot in a ceremony in Uttar Pradesh on Monday. Moving visuals from her wedding, posted by the official CRPF India handle on social media, that show uniformed jawans in attendance standing rock solid behind her have stirred emotions.
They reportedly made a surprise visit to her wedding and took part in the rituals that Singh would have performed had he been alive.
"My son is no longer in this world but now we have so many sons in the form of CRPF soldiers who always stand by us in times of happiness and sorrow," Singh and Jyoti's father said, as quoted by India Today.
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"Brothers for life: As elder brothers, CRPF personnel attended the wedding ceremony of Ct Shailendra Pratap Singh's sister. Ct Sahilendra Pratap Singh of 110 Bn #CRPF made supreme sacrifice on 05/10/20 while valiantly retaliating terrorist attack in Pulwama," a post by CRPF India reads with the hashtag 'gone but not forgotten.'
As per reports, the jawans who attended Jyoti's wedding came to know of it from officers stationed not far from the venue in Rae Bareli. When they walked into the wedding, the moment was emotional for all, including Jyoti's parents.
The officers are receiving immense appreciation on social media, where photos from the ceremony have gone viral. Visuals show uniformed personnel accompanying Jyoti to the stage, standing with her in support and with blessings.
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Singh was one of two jawans killed in Srinagar's Pampore area last year after terrorists identified, in an attack reportedly backed by the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT), opened fire. The attack left at least three other officers injured.