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.
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.
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.”