Nitika Kaul Dhoundiyal Biography, Wikipedia
Nitika Kaul Dhoundiyal is te wife of Indian Army officer, Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal, who was killed fighting terrorists in Pulwama in February 2019, joined the Indian Army on Saturday.
It was indeed a proud moment for her as she got the stars on her shoulders pipped from Army Commander Northern Command Lt Gen YK Joshi himself.
Nitika Kaul passed out from the Officer’s Training Academy in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on Saturday and is now commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Indian Army.Her husband, Major Vibhuti Dhoundiyal was part of an operation in Pinglang area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama on the trail of those behind the Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF soldiers.
Union Minister Smriti Irani also took to Twitter to praise the newly commissioned officer.
Soon after her husband’s death, Nitika Kaul cleared the Short Service Commission Examination and started her training. The couple had got married in 2018 and within a year, Nitika lost her husband.
Nitika left her corporate job and joined the army as a tribute to her late husband.
Nikita Kaul Dhoundiyal Joins Indian Army
Major Dhoundiyal was married for just 9 months before his sad demise and left his then 27-year-old wife Nikita Kaul Dhoundiyal to face his loss.
They were married in April 2019 and Major Dhoundiyal planned to celebrate their first wedding anniversary at home.
Fifteen days after Major Dhoundiyal’s death, Kaul resumed her job and said she wanted to stand up on her feet again. It was not easy to get back to normal life after her husband’s death, Kaul said, adding that she “drowned herself in work, hoping the pain will ease…”
“I went back to work around 15 days after my husband’s death because I wanted to keep myself busy. It is natural to have a breakdown but we needed to accept the situation. I had to find positivity in my daily routine and stand up on my feet once again,” she added.
But, Major Dhoundiyal’s sacrifice didn’t go in vain and his wife didn’t sit around moping her husband’s loss. She made the inspiring decision to join the Indian Army and make her husband proud.
Just six months after her husband’s martyrdom, Nikita filled the Short Service Commission (SSC) form. She cleared the exam and the Services Selection Board (SSB) interview as well.
She soon got commissioned at Officers Training Academy (OTA) at Chennai for her training and officially joined the Indian Army as Lieutenant Nikita Kaul Dhoundiyal on May 29, 2021.