Three girls of Haryana’s Jhajjar district, which has one of India’s worst child sex ratios and a horrifying track record in the matter of female foeticide, have earned the country a good name. Bringing pride and glory to their parents and relatives, all three of them have got selected into the Army Medical Corps.
Pratap Singh Deshwal of Kherka Gujjar village in Jhajjar had no one from his family in the Army. Three daughters of the family – Deepti, Preeti and Mamata – used to dream about going into Army. Now their dreams are fulfilled as sisters (Deepti and Preeti) and their cousin Mamata, have become Lieutenant in the Army.
Deshwal raised both of his daughters like sons. Despite education being a costly affair, he afforded them all the facilities. According to Mamata’s mother Sumitra, if girls are given all the facilities then they are in no way inferiors to boys.
In 2012, all three of them got admission in Armed Forced Medical College. While, Preeti got selected for Kolkata, Deepti was chosen for Mumbai and Mamata for Pune.
Mamata got commission on December 16, Deepti on December 23 and Preeti on December 24. Preeti will work for Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Ooty. Deepti will be stationed in Agra and Mamata in Military hospital, Ranikhet.
The achievement of three is a significant milestone as it breaks all the cultural taboos that restrict women getting into the Army. Women currently serving in the Army thrive and succeed in a career field that is resistant and slow to change.