India: Galwan martyr’s wife commissioned as army officer

She has been deployed at a frontline unit in eastern Ladakh after completion of her training at Chennai-based Officers Training Academy


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Rekha Singh (centre). — ADGPI - Indian Army Twitter
Rekha Singh (centre). — ADGPI - Indian Army Twitter

Published: Sat 29 Apr 2023, 6:17 PM

Last updated: Sat 29 Apr 2023, 6:33 PM

Lieutenant Rekha Singh, the wife of Naik Deepak Singh, who was killed in Galwan Valley clashes with Chinese troops in June 2020, was on Saturday commissioned into the Army as an officer and has been posted to a frontline unit in eastern Ladakh, officials said.

Rekha Singh, 29, has been deployed with the Army Ordnance Corps after she completed her training at the Chennai-based Officers Training Academy (OTA).

The officials said Lt Rekha Singh has been posted at a frontline unit in eastern Ladakh.

Her husband, Naik Singh, was from the Army Medical Corps, and he was later attached to the 16th Battalion of Bihar Regiment.

Naik Singh was posthumously awarded Vir Chakra in 2021 for showing indomitable courage in rendering medical support to the injured soldiers during the clashes.

Vir Chakra is the country’s third-highest wartime gallantry award after Param Vir Chakra and Maha Vir Chakra.

Twenty Indian Army personnel were killed in the line of duty in the fierce hand-to-hand combat in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley clash on June 15, 2020, an incident that marked the most serious military conflict between the two sides in decades.

According to his Vir Chakra citation, he played a pivotal role in rendering treatment and saving the lives of more than 30 Indian soldiers.

“Naik Deepak Singh displayed unmatched professionalism in hostile conditions, unflinching devotion and made supreme sacrifice for the nation,” it said.

“Woman Cadet Rekha Singh, wife of Late Naik (Nursing Assistant) Deepak Singh, #VirChakra(Posthumous) got commissioned into #IndianArmy after completing her training from #OTA #Chennai.," the Army tweeted.

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