When Colonel Santosh Mahadik died fighting terrorists in Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir on November 17, 2015, his 32-year-old widow had pledged at her husband’s funeral that all she wanted was to take forward her husband’s work by joining the Indian Army.
Eight months later, she is ready to do that, as she has cleared all five rounds of Services Selection Board (SSB) examination. A report published in Mid-Day
said that as soon as the medical fitness report is received, she is set to be undergoing a training to serve the Indian Army.
Swati who has a masters degree in Master in social work (MSW), has also done her course in teaching and was a teacher at Kendriya Vidyalaya.
38-year-old Colonel Santosh Mahadik, commanding officer of anti-terror force of 41 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) had laid down his life in a gun battle against terrorist in Jammu Kashmir’s Kupwara District. Mahadik, son of a milkman, hailed from a small village Pogarwadi in Satara.
In 2003, he married Swati and they have two children – six-year-old Swarajya and 12-year-old Kartiki. Reports suggest that she also wanted her two children to join the force.
General Officer Commanding,15 Corps, Lt Gen Satish Dua paying tribute to Colonel Santosh Y Mahadik during wreath laying ceremony at 15 Corps headquarters hindustantimes
She had said, “My husband’s first love was Indian Army and despite being a couple, I never became his first love and his first love took him. In order to maintain the love of my husband I wish to join the Indian Army force as this will help me to light the candle of my husband presence and his love.”