Nitika Kaul Dhoundiyal, the widow of Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal, has cleared the Short Service Examination and interview and is now waiting for the merit list to join the Indian Army. A year ago the 35-year-old Major Vibhuti Dhoundiyal laid down his life after an intense gunbattle with the terrorists in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir. His wife is now following his footsteps and is ready to don the uniform as per reports.
Their marriage was not even a year old when 28-year-old Nitika received the news of her husband’s demise. In a heart-wrenching message bidding him farewell, she asked people to be strong and not sympathetic.
With moist eyes, she had stood in front of the coffin covered with the tricolour and had said, “You said you loved me, but the fact is you loved the nation more. I am really proud. We all love you. The way you love everyone is entirely different because you sacrificed your life for the people who you may have never met, but still you decided to give your life for them. You are such a brave man. I am very honored to have you as my husband. I’ll love you till my last breath. I owe my life to you.”
Nitika filled the SSC form six months after her husband’s death and called it her way to heal and get back to life. She says, “When I wrote the exam and gave the interview, I could feel what he would have felt when he wrote his SSC. I connected with him, his fears and his anxiety. Somehow that gave me strength.”
Nitika filled the SSC form six months after her husband’s death and called it her way to heal and get back to life.
“I worked very hard to qualify. Now I want to excel in one year of training. I want to be an officer who everyone can be proud of, Vibhu can be proud of,” she said. Dhoundiyal will be quitting her MNC job in Delhi soon to join the Officers’ Training Academy in Chennai.
I worked very hard to qualify. Now I want to excel in one year of training. I want to be an officer who everyone can be proud of, Vibhu can be proud of.
Nitika is very bold to have taken this decision. She further stated, “The interview board asked me how long I was married. I said, ‘two years’. They said, ‘But we heard you both were married for nine months…’. I said, ‘Vibhu is not here physically but that doesn’t mean our marriage has ended’.”
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Saavriti is an intern with SheThePeople.TV