When someone wears the Indian Army uniform, they submit themselves to the country. They live their lives to protect us with all their valour and courage on the front-lines. We will never be able to express our gratitude towards our defence personnel. Also, only a family whose son or daughter loses their life fighting the enemy can understand the pain of losing them. On the other hand, when such situation of losing someone arises in front of anyone, they gain immense strength to fight with that.
Today we'll talk about a woman who shows the same courage and strength. A martyred soldier's wife just joined the Indian army after her husband was killed in defending the country three years ago. She is Neeru Sambyal, wife of an Indian army soldier. She joined the Army as a Lieutenant after completing her training. Neeru's husband was killed in Samba, Jammu and Kashmir three years back.
Neeru and Ravinder tied the knot back in the year 2013 and have a daughter of only 2-years-old when he was killed in 2015. Avoiding her grief, Neeru stood for her daughter and undertook the responsibilities of a mother to raise her daughter.
Talking about her struggles, Neeru said, "My husband was in the infantry. It was really difficult to accept the reality after he got martyred. But for me, my daughter is my inspiration. I never wanted her to feel the absence of her father and wished to fill for both roles, of a father and mother."
Ms Sambyal, now a Lieutenant in the Indian Army completed 49 weeks of training and was commissioned on September 8, this year. Neeru went on to share the fact that how one has to be mentally strong and there are situations where physical strength does not matter much. Ms Sambyal gained the full support of her family which helped her achieve the mission. Her father stayed, "Neeru Sambyal competed with 26 women during her Service Selection Board (SSB) exam."
Sambyal's father Darshan Singh Slathia added, "I am very happy and proud of her achievement. I did whatever it took to support her. Her maternal family also deserves credit for the same. It was my daughter's choice to join the army. Initially, it was a little difficult for us to accept her decision but after consultations, we decided to support her wholeheartedly in achieving her dreams. During her journey of becoming an officer, the Commanding Officer of my late son-in-law also provided great support."